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Karibu Tanzania Organization (KTO)is a national level Non-Governmental Organization working as an umbrella organization for the Folk Development Colleges(FDCs) in Tanzania

Our Story

KTO was established in 1990 as a result of cooperation between Tanzania and Sweden through Folk Development Colleges in Tanzania and Swedish Folk High Schools. KTO is working with all 55 FDCs in Tanzania. Together with the FDCs, KTO has, experience of folk education, adult learning, pedagogical work, rural development and have been providing training for young adults all over Tanzania.


To help to create well-informed, socio-economically empowered, active citizens in a just and sustainable Tanzanian society.


To contribute to the socio-economic advancement of Tanzanian society through folk and adult education at the Folk Development Colleges as a way to encourage progressive communities, citizen engagement, democratic practices, gender equality, and sustainable development.

Our Goal

To contribute to the socio-economic advancement of the Tanzanian society through Folk Development Colleges(‘FDCs’) as a way to ensure progressive communities, democratic practices, citizen engagement, gender equality and sustainable development.

Who We Work With

KTO works closely with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, but also with other related ministries and with national and international partners. KTO has a nationwide network that has the capacity to reach out to many people through collaboration with Folk Development Colleges(‘FDCs’). KTO is politically and religiously independent. The board of directors, chosen at the annual meeting, governs the organization. KTO has a secretariat with employed staff members dealing with day-today activities.

Folk Development Colleges(‘FDCs’) were established in 1975 as part of functional literacy programmes which was the third phase of the Adult Education Programmes.

The majority of the Folk Development Colleges(‘FDCs’) are operating in rural areas and their primary mission is to provide access to training in areas relevant to their local communities. This training consists of vocational training and general knowledge such as entrepreneurship, life skills, civic education, and communication skills. Training involves personal development, strengthening capacity for the participants to acquire new knowledge, developing skills to acquire formal employment or self-employment, and continuing their studies after completing the courses.

FDCs are at one and the same time

Vocational Training Centres

Contributing to the continuing education and lifelong learning of adults in their immediate context.

Adult Education Institutions

Contributing to the continuing education and lifelong learning of adults in their immediate context.

Folk Development Colleges(‘FDCs’)

Contributing to the social and economic development of the national and their local communities.