Telco supports Tanzania education sector
From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, (CAJ News) – THOUSANDS of schoolchildren have benefitted from a Sh 230 million (about US$105 000) Tigo Tanzania has invested in a project to supply locals schools with furniture.
The mobile network operator ha since last year donated more than 2 400 desks to needy primary schools in the country in a sustainable exercise that is meant to alleviate the serious shortage of desks in the East African country’s schools.
These would accommodate over 7 000 pupils.
The main recipients of the desks have been primary schools in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, Mbeya, Iringa and Morogoro.
Tigo General Manager, Diego Gutierrez, said the support was in line with Tigo’s commitment to support community initiatives through its corporate social responsibility portfolio.
Tigo’s gesture is also part of a US$ 50 000 pledge in response to the government’s call to individuals, companies, organizations and othe stakeholders to help offset the shortage of desks in the country’s schools.
Tanzania needs about 3,3 million desks for its primary schools while the available ones are only 1,8 million.
The net primary school enrollment rate has shot up by 94 percent a drastic growth mainly occasioned by the abolition of primary school fees in 2001 coupled with the government’s compulsory requirement that parents/guardians’ send all children to school.
The rapid expansion meant that class-room sizes had mushroomed with an average of 66 percent in each government primary school by 2011.
Gutierrez said Tigo had a strong corporate social responsibility programme that supported a wide range of activities within the focus of education, health and wellbeing and environment.
It is the biggest commercial brand of Millicom, an international company existent in 12 countries with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the USA.
It has some 10 million subscribers in Tanzania, representing a third of the country’s mobile penetration rate.
– CAJ News
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