Head of development cooperation at the German embassy in the country, Dr Katrin Bornemann made the pledge yesterday here during the joint meeting between representatives from the embassy and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Bornemann said that Germany and Tanzania have maintained steady relationship and have been cooperating to bring changes in the education sector which includes expanding infrastructures and improving the learning environment so as to ensure smooth learning and teaching.
Dr Leonard Akwilapo, the ministry Permanent Secretary expressed gratitude to the Germany government for its continued support in various sectors in the country.
He said that the two sides have agreed to strengthen relation and collaboration in technical and higher education so as to ensure that Tanzanian children get the required skills and knowledge and contribute in the country’s development.
Dr Akwilapo said that for the country to attain its development goals of becoming an industrial economy there is a need for concerted efforts to prepare human resources that possess competencies required by the market.
“We are currently implementing various projects which need competent human resources, for example the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), modern bridges, roads, all these need quality experts. So investing in education is very important. We have discussed and agreed to ensure that our youth go and receive more training in Germany,” he said.
On strengthening primary education, Dr Akwilapo said they have also agreed to work together to improve teachers’ skills specifically training them on new teaching methods, including the provision of teaching materials.
Germany through its Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), has been providing scholarships for lecturers from the University of Dar es Salaam.