Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) was established by the Tanzanian government as a Constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in a response to the problem of acute shortage of teachers and experts in education sector which was resulted from the expansion of enrolment in the primary education through Primary Education Development Program (PEDP) and in turn, the creation of new secondary schools through Secondary Education Development Program (SEDP). The prime aim of DUCE is to undertake teaching, research and consultation activities in the education sector.
Gender equity is at the center of the College’s key functions and is supported by its Motto “Quality Education for All”. As such DUCE has a role and is committed to ensure both women and men (Staff and Students) are considered and treated fairly. Since 2007 there were institutional gender initiatives in which gender was identified as one of the areas where strategic reforms were needed. Gender issues have been captured in the strategic objectives within the Five Year Rolling Strategic Plan of 2011/2012-2015/2016.
Efforts towards institutionalizing gender equality at DUCE led to the establishment of Gender Club in 2012 and Gender Unit in 2014. The DUCE gender unit as well as the availability of gender policy and action plan are aimed at facilitating a clear allocation of responsibility to various college management levels and give time frames for the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the various processes and interventions.