The National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has this weekend handed over a library building to Angaza Secondary School’s administration in Lindi Region as part of the bank’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives.
Speaking during a brief ceremony held at the school’s compound, NBC Managing Director Lawrence Mafuru said education is one of the bank’s priorities in its social responsibility policies to the bank’s surrounding community.
A total of six library buildings costing 70m/- have already been renovated in different secondary schools in the country and will soon be handed over to respectively school administrations, he said.
Besides Angaza Secondary School, other beneficiaries of the NBC scheme are Uluguru Secondary School in Morogoro Region, Shelui Secondary in Singida Region, Tukuyu Secondary in Mbeya Region, Nguvumali Secondary in Tanga Region and Mnolela Secondary School also in Lindi Region.
“It is widely known that education is one of the fundamental pillars of the nation. We know that Tanzania can advance if, and only if her schools will be producing well educated students, equipped with all needed ‘weapons’ in this world of science and technology,” he said.
“When we speak about better education, we mean better buildings that meet students as well as their teachers’ needs and expectations, books and other equipment. There is no way you can acquire the best students, both of science and arts, from schools with no well equipped library, where students will comfortably read books and other materials,” Mafuru said.
It is due to those facts that Mafuru said, NBC as part of Barclays group has decided to support libraries construction project in the country as one of the areas within the banks major priorities in community projects they focusing on skills creations, financial literacy and entrepreneurs skills.
“We will not stop assisting our government to make sure that our children acquire good education, hence confidently enter into the job competition. You need to read books so as to pass your exams, we hope that this will be as an educational catalyst to this part of southern Tanzania,” Mafuru said.
Speaking on behalf of Lindi Regional Commissioner, Regional Administrative Secretary Thomas Sowani promised that the received asset would be well kept so as to be used by current students, as well as those who will be at Angaza Secondary Schools in future.
The region will use it as an instrument to improve education in Lindi and call for other education stakeholders and companies to borrow a leaf from the bank, he said.