Ali Khatau is a 23-year old medical student who has founded an online educational platform for Tanzanian secondary school students.
In his final year at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Dar-es-Salaam, and a member of KSIJ Dar-es-Salaam, he is also CEO of ElimuTanzania.
Through ElimuTanzania, Ali aims to help increase Tanzanian students’ pass rates, as well as improving their IT literacy. He provides essential online educational features and resources free of charge for anyone who wants to use it – teachers and students. The platform currently has over 50,000 users and more than 200,000 page views since its inception in 2016.
There is no sign-up or login process, and resources can be accessed from anywhere in the world, from any device, demonstrating Ali’s desire to make his platform accessible and easy to use for everybody.
There is an impressive range of resources available, such as over 140 past papers and more than 450 revision questions. There are also online tests, notes and syllabi available for many different subjects and levels.
Ali believes that education is vital to helping the progress of developing countries. Providing a quality education to young people across the world is an essential step forward in eradicating ills such as hunger, poverty, and gender inequality.
ElimuTanzania has donated hundreds of books worth thousands of dollars to local NGOs. These have gone on to help thousands of people read and learn.
Educating patients about health
Ali regularly volunteers for health screening initiatives in the community, putting his medical training to practical charitable use.
Furthermore, he sells medical equipment to students and lecturers through the enterprise ‘Darequip’, and founded a health education platform to provide education on an array of common health problems such as diabetes.
Ali’s great work has been recognised with national coverage in high-profile newspapers such as The Citizen and Nipashe. He also volunteers as a health writer, contributing stories about medical and health issues to help educate people about different illnesses. These cover a wide range of subjects, demonstrating his commitment to helping improve the lives of others.
For example, he has written advice on how to keep the heart healthy to prevent attacks and avoid heart disease, and on preventative measures to reduce the risk of migraines. He has spoken about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, and the need for education about transmission and prevention.
Award winner and example to all
Ali has won the Tujenge Tanzania Innovation Challenge, which was funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and Unleashed Africa. The British Royal Commonwealth Society also recognised his work with ElimuTanzania, giving him the title of Associate Fellow.
Ali is a remarkable young man, and a great example of ambition, success and philanthropy. He is an example to all in the Khoja community.