Dr Kijaji pointed out that companies like Halotel Tanzania have been in the forefront in support state efforts to improve the learning environment in public schools.
“This support from Halotel will go a long way in easing shortage of desks facing public schools in Kondoa district particularly but also countrywide in general,” Dr Kijaji said after receiving 55 desks worth 5m/- from Halotel Tanzania Managing Director, Nguyen van Son in Kondoa yesterday.
She said the Kondoa district council as well as its residents recognize various efforts being made by the mobile phone services company in lifting standards of their lives by connecting them to mobile network.
“I would like to take this opportunity to commend Halotel management for this support and because the company has been an important stakeholder in supporting the education sector in Kondoa district and Tanzania as a whole,” the Deputy Minister who is also legislator for Kondoa noted.
Dr Kijaji called on other private companies to emulate Halotel’s spirit in supporting education development in the country because the government alone cannot meet demand for better learning environment.
“In addition, let me request Halotel to assist with construction of modern laboratories for public schools to enable students learn science subjects practically,” she added.
In his remarks after handing over the desks, Halotel’s Son explained that being one of the major development partners in the country, the company has developed various strategies to collaborate with the government to support improve quality of education and health services in the country.
“Being aware of education challenges facing Kondoa district, we found it necessary to donate the desks in a bid to support efforts by the district in improving education,” he said.
He stated that the company has been contributing to government’s efforts in improving lives of the citizens in various aspects, including giving them reliable communication services at affordable prices.
Son also said in supporting the health sector, Halotel recently introduced a special programme which will enable poor patients’ access free consultancy and treatment services from specialist doctors at various hospitals in the country.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Kondoa District Education Officer, Hildegard Segunda said the district is facing shortage of 906 desks in various public schools because of increased number of students joining secondary schools.
“The government’s free education policy has resulted into increased enrolment at primary level which has also increased the number of students joining secondary schools,” Segunda said.