Tanzanian most used cellular network TIGO has handed over the fund raised during the Tigo tuchange charity walk to the Hassan maajar Trust (HMT) yesterday at Holliday Inn Hotel in Dar es salaam. That programme was designed to improve the learning environment in schools by providing desks to various schools.
The handing over ceremony was attended by Hon. Shukuru Kawambwa, the Minister of education and vocational training, acting General Director of Tigo Mr. Andrew Hudson and HMT executive director Ms. Zena M. Tenga.
The cheque presented was of 26,000,000. This money was obtained through the collection of Tigo rusha top-ups made between 11 a.m and 12 p.m on march 3 of 2012. Tigo customers who purchased airtime during that hour used their air time while Tigo matched the same time amount towards the initiative.
The acting general director of Tigo Mr. A. Hadson said that, the fund was estimated to cover the cost of 720 desks, each with capacity to sit 3 pupils therefore the fund will sit a total of 2160 pupils.
Under the project, five primary schools from two districts ( Njombe and Makete) in Njombe region will receive desks as follows. Maendeleo: 135, Kumbila: 200, Umoja: 196, Makonde:152 and Mbale: 37.
The schools were selected on the basis of the most in need. The project will not only benefit the schools and students, but by procuring the desks locally within the region it will also create the employment opportunities for businesses and young people in those areas thus bring in economic development I those particular areas.
“l would like to express our sincere gratitude on behalf of HTL to Tigo for their involvement in giving these children a platform that will enable them to be self-reliant and turn allow them to empower those that may need assistance in the future,” said Ms. Tenga, HMT executive director.
She added, when students learn in a comfortable and conducive environment they are focused and produce better results thus securing better future, and through sustainable projects of this nature we can make major strides in contributing towards economic development within the community.
After the handling of the cheque, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa said”one of the goals is to insure that students have better learning facilities and more conducive environment for study, we applaud with Tigo for embracing good corporate citizenship and urge other companies to support the government in building sustainable development of the country”
He continued saying that the Government is facing a lot of challenges in making sure it provide better education to the citizens, and the police of education is based on donation. It’s not only the work of the government to insure better education but the society in general, that’s why now days even the secondary and primary schools are under council, the citizens themselves. “We are all the part of the problem and therefore we need to be the part of the solution” he said
These desks will support the students in better performance; also it helps in reaching millennium goals which wants by 2015 all students to complite school with better education, so the government will continue creating good environment which will attract the donors to invest in education.
Gratitude goes to Tigo and Hassan Maajar Trust for the support that they have shown towards improving the primary education sector in the country. Other companies and institutions are encouraged to provide assistance of the kind to the society.
by Musaroche Arnold