The Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a non-governmental organisation that promotes empowerment and provides entrepreneurship training to young people in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. DOT Tanzania, in collaboration with the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA), is implementing a project called FUSION, which integrates two acclaimed DOT programmes – TeachUp! and ReachUp! These two programmes use a unique peer-to-peer social learning model to embed change in schools and communities.
Understanding the ecosystem in vocational education has played a key role in enabling DOT to deliver its programme. Educational practices and policies in Tanzania regulate the implementation of new educational practices and innovations, and it would be virtually impossible to scale up an educational innovation without a strong institutional partner with solid connections to the government. With digital innovations it is important to consider the current technical environment and for national scaling to use existing tools and structures where possible.