The National Housing Corporation (NHC) and the MMI Steel Mills Limited have donated 1,500 corrugated iron sheet worth Sh30 million to the Tanzania Education Authority (TEA) to improve education system in the country.
TEA Acting Director General Rosemary Lulabuka said in Dar es Salaam the generous contribution would help construct 30 girls’ hostels in the country’s ward secondary schools.
“Female students face a myriad challenges including tradition that treats them as inferior, limited study time at home, sexual harassment while on the way to and from school as well as pregnancy,” she said.
According to Suzan Omary, NHC representative, the donation is for constructing dormitories at Kibaigwa Secondary School at Kongwa to accommodate 288 girls.
Lulabuka urged stakeholders to continue supporting the campaign and soliciting resources to facilitate education projects.
Recently, TEA Acting Director General Ester Abayo told reporters in here that the campaign would raise Sh2.3bn for construction of 30 hostels that will accommodate more than 1,500 students; each dormitory coating Sh78m excluding furniture.
“Girls are the hardest hit victims of the harsh learning environment. We would wish to construct hostels for both girls and boys in all secondary schools but we are resource constrained,” Abayo said.
She noted that the envisaged 30 hostels will complement government efforts to build 100 dormitories for accommodating 4,800 students by 2015.
TEA Director of Resource Mobilisation Seif Mohamed named beneficiaries of the 30 hostels as Ufana, Mibukwe, Kibaigwa and Milola secondary schools in Manyara, Tanga, Dodoma and Lindi regions respectively.
Othera schools, with their regions in brackets are Nyihara (Mara), Lundo (Ruvuma), Butundwe (Mwanza) and Buseko Hill (Kigoma).