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Tobacco firm builds classrooms for Moro schools

18th February 2013
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Morogoro Region deputy Mayor Lydia Mbiaji has called on school committees and other managements to utilise well funds contributed by parents so as to facilitate the development of education in their areas. 

The deputy mayor made the remarks this week when receiving a ten-million built classroom donated by Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company Limited to Misufini B.  Primary School located in the region. 
 
Responding whether there was any need for executives to contribute to the development of education without depending on stakeholders’ or companies’ support, the deputy mayor said it was also important for stakeholders to ensure that they support the sector. 
 
"For the nation to develop, it is important that various institutions in collaboration with councils, support initiatives to uplift the country's development," she said, stressing that councils are crucial in motivating citizens to see the need to support the sector.  
 
"There is a problem where some councils don’t provide reports of the funds they have gathered from parents and stakeholders raising doubts to wananchi that their contribution has been swindled by some officers. The officers need to provide reports all the time so that people can understand the fruits of their contribution," she said. 
 
She called on street chairpersons to mobilise parents to contribute for the education sector. Already parents of Misufini B Primary School have contributed 1.65m/- for the construction of the classroom.  Handing over the classroom on behalf of the company, Sylvester Kapungu, TLTC Ltd director of treasury and administration said they have two firms working under one umbrella, universal. 
 
Both companies were following the laid down policies of health, education and water for people in locations where they have been operating. "We accepted the proposals to build classroom for both Misufini B Primary School and Uwanja wa Taifa Secondary School following our policies, and this is part of implementation of our social corporate responsibility," he said in an interview. 
 
He said it is the tobacco company's hope that the schools' administrations will make good use of the classes to develop the children’s talents. Misufini B Primary School headteacher Anna Tamimo said they are so much encouraged by the class donation, though they are still facing a lot of challenges including lack of teachers’ offices, classes and latrines. 
 
For her part, the Uwanja wa Taifa Secondary School headmistress, Veneranda Mdamu told the visiting TLTC delegation that students enrollment is higher compared to the available infrastructure. "We are lacking enough classes, latrines, sports ground and many others things.  You can look this year we received 171 Form One students, but they have no place for studying as the classes have not been built," she said. 
 
She however thanked the TLTC management for handing over the classroom, which she said will be dedicated to Form Three students who passed Form Two national examinations last year. 
 
The Acting Morogoro Municipal Education Officer, Christine Hauli called on wananchi to keep on contributing for the sector, promising to work hand in hand with them to ensure education prosperity in the municipality. Expressing their joy over the construction of classes, Sheila Abdillahi said on behalf of other Misufini B. Primary School pupils they were so happy to have a new facility. 
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN