The department serves as a tool of evangelization through provision of education and technical skills in Tanzania.The department has various roles to play in the development of education in the country, among others are;
The department covers the following education institutions owned/managed by the Catholic Church;
To enable the Education Department in supervision and guidance of education services in all the Catholic Dioceses in Tanzania, the Conference saw the importance of having Education Policy that will guide the dioceses, religious congregations and lay people to provide quality and equitable education services to Tanzanians. The Conference established two Education policies, the first one was established in 2005 dealing with education in general (Sera ya Elimu ya Kanisa Katoliki Tanzania); the second one is for higher education(Higher Education Policy of the Catholic Church in Tanzania) and it was established in 2008.
In line with these policies all 34 dioceses in Tanzania are urged to formulate Diocesan Education Policy for effective running of the education institutions owned/managed by the diocese.
The vision and mission statements of the two polices are guided by Christ’s command to His disciples “to proclaim the message of God to all people.” “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor, he has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set free the oppressed and announce the time when the Lord will save his people.” Lk. 4:18 -19.
The Church in Tanzania by the mandate, has the rights, obligations and competence to address socio-economic and political issues that are deeply rooted in this principle of Evangelization. Education, at all levels, according to this principle, is part of the Evangelization process and an integral Promotion of the Dignity of a Human Person, both individual and communal. In essence, therefore, the process of education in formal and non-formal systems, in a holistic Catholic context should be part of its pastoral function.
The function, therefore, of managing the education system through policy formulation and planning that are carried out by Catholic Church institutions, should be oriented towards the pastoral goal.
The Vision of the Education Policy of the Catholic Church in Tanzania state that;
Education a means to man’s physical and spiritual salvation (holistic salvation of man).
The mission statement;
Directed by the Holy Spirit the Church will continue to help mankind to reach salvation through education.
The vision of the higher education policy states that;
Provision of quality and integral education to the children of God.
Both education policies of the Catholic Church in Tanzania share the following objectives;