Dar RC upbeat to end shortage of classrooms, desks in public schools

25Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar RC upbeat to end shortage of classrooms, desks in public schools

DAR ES SALAAM chronic shortage of classrooms and desks in public schools will soon be history as Regional Commissioner, Abubakar Kunenge vows to ensure that construction of 339 classrooms and thousands of desks are available within the next five weeks.

King’ong’o Primary School pupils carrying some of the desks donated by NBM Bank Plc to their school after a handing over ceremony held in Ubungo Municipality over the weekend. Photo courtesy of NMB.

Speaking during a ceremony to receive a donation of 400 desks valued at 40m/- from NMB Bank Plc on Friday, Kunenge said completion of the classrooms which will be fully furnished are his administration’s new goal.

We will complete the projects within the specified timeframe thanks to cooperation from well wishers such as NMB Bank,” Kunenge said as he pitched camp at King’ong’o Primary School in Ubungo Municipality supervising construction of new classrooms.

He said so far 90 classrooms have been completed while the remaining at different stages of construction hence his ambition to complete the task in five weeks time. “As for desks, about 40,000 are currently being made by carpenters, thanks to support from partners including NMB Bank,” the Dar RC added while announcing March 1 as deadline for such an exercise to be completed in the region.

In remarks during the handover ceremony, NMB’s acting Chief Finance Officer, Benedicto Baragomwa said they decided to assist the government with the donation because as a bank they understand the importance of education.

“So while the government is doing a lot to improve the education sector, we as stakeholders have decided to join hands by donating these desks,” Baragomwa said while noting that NMB allocates one percent of its net profit annually to invest in community projects as part of its corporate social responsibility policy. He said the bank’s social responsibility policy focuses on education, health and relief aid to communities struck by disasters.

Out of the 400 desks, 150 are for King’ong’o Primary School while 250 will be shared by five other primary and secondary schools in Ubungo Municipality. The schools are Makabe Primary, Kimara, Kinyerezi Annex, Kibwegere and Mpiji Magohe Secondary Schools.

Baragomwa revealed that last year, the market’s most profitable bank donated  record 10,450 desks valued at over 1.045bn/- to 209 public schools across the country benefitting more than 31,350 students.

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King’ong’o Primary School pupils carrying some of the desks donated by NBM Bank Plc to their school after a handing over ceremony held in Ubungo Municipality over the weekend. Photo courtesy of NMB.

Dar RC upbeat to end shortage of classrooms, desks in public schools

By Guardian Reporter

DAR ES SALAAM chronic shortage of classrooms and desks in public schools will soon be history as Regional Commissioner, Abubakar Kunenge vows to ensure that construction of 339 classrooms and thousands of desks are available within the next five weeks.

Speaking during a ceremony to receive a donation of 400 desks valued at 40m/- from NMB Bank Plc on Friday, Kunenge said completion of the classrooms which will be fully furnished are his administration’s new goal.

We will complete the projects within the specified timeframe thanks to cooperation from well wishers such as NMB Bank,” Kunenge said as he pitched camp at King’ong’o Primary School in Ubungo Municipality supervising construction of new classrooms.

He said so far 90 classrooms have been completed while the remaining at different stages of construction hence his ambition to complete the task in five weeks time. “As for desks, about 40,000 are currently being made by carpenters, thanks to support from partners including NMB Bank,” the Dar RC added while announcing March 1 as deadline for such an exercise to be completed in the region.

In remarks during the handover ceremony, NMB’s acting Chief Finance Officer, Benedicto Baragomwa said they decided to assist the government with the donation because as a bank they understand the importance of education.

“So while the government is doing a lot to improve the education sector, we as stakeholders have decided to join hands by donating these desks,” Baragomwa said while noting that NMB allocates one percent of its net profit annually to invest in community projects as part of its corporate social responsibility policy. He said the bank’s social responsibility policy focuses on education, health and relief aid to communities struck by disasters...read on https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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