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Aristarick Lyimo

Aristarick John Lyimo

Team Lead, Literacy, Numeracy & SEL


MA, Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
BA, Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Certification, Adult Education Certification, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Aristarick Lyimo is an education expert with over 10 years of experience in teacher training and literacy programing working with government ministries, universities, and international NGOs in Tanzania, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Haiti, Indonesia, Nepal, and the Philippines. Mr. Lyimo started his career as a primary school teacher before working on programs focused on literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional learning. He has extensive experience developing reading instructional resources, teacher continuous professional development resources, and coaching and mentoring resources. He supported Tanzania’s Institute of Education (TIE) to develop the National 3Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) curriculum and primary reform models for teacher’s continuous professional development.

Currently, at RTI, Mr. Lyimo leads the Literacy, Numeracy and SEL (social and emotional learning) Team under the USAID Jifunze Uelewe activity, working to sustainably improve pre-primary and grades 1 through 4 literacy and numeracy skills for all learners in four target regions in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. He also worked as a Senior Reading Specialist for the USAID Tusome Pamoja project, implemented by RTI, where he led development of in-service teacher training content, teacher continuous professional development interventions, and development of decodable and leveled books for supporting reading instruction in lower primary grades.

Before joining RTI, Mr. Lyimo worked with Education Development Center as a National Consultant for the Global Book Alliance in Action (GBAIA) where he analyzed book supply chain reports and documentation in Tanzania and coordinated GBAIA activities with government officials and book supply chain stakeholders.  This work led to strengthening the capacity of USAID Mission and partners working in the education sector to implement effective interventions to improve book supply chain management in Tanzania.

Previously, he worked with University Research Co., LLC (URC) in the position of Training and Curriculum Development Specialist for the Global Reading Network and the Reading within REACH program, where he organized and moderated a range of webinars focusing on early grade reading and numeracy improvements. He also led the Enabling Writers (EW) Program in six countries (Nigeria, Haiti, Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal), a program funded by the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, a partnership of USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government. In addition, he supported the Global Book Alliance in sourcing early grade reading content (decodable, leveled, and reading supplementary books) from USAID Missions in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia for uploading to the Global Digital Library platform.

Mr. Lyimo is a native and resident of Tanzania. He is fluent in English and Kiswahili.