Themed ‘A desk for every child,’ the event was organised by Hassan Maajar Trust in association with Bank M, and was aimed at raising funds for providing desks to pupils in primary schools in the country.
The PM said efforts shown by the Hassan Maajar Trust (HMT) and its partners in serving the community deserved recognition.
HMT Chairperson Mwanaidi Maajar said the support extended by its corporate partners had continuously contributed to the success of the project.
She said since the launch, HMT, in partnership with the public and corporate bodies, had succeeded in providing over 9,100 desks, thus lifting over 30,000 boys and girls off the floor on to desks in thirteen regions of the country.
Bank M CEO Designate Jacqueline Woiso, for her part, said her financial institution was proud to be part of the project of helping schools with desks.
“We have jointly made sitting on the floor history for thousands of Tanzanian school children,” she said, adding that their policy was to work together with other reputable organisations in making a difference to needy communities.
A Desk for Every Child project was launched as a public-private partnership with the Ministry of Education to partly bridge an estimated deficit of 3 million school desks in primary schools in the country affecting about 12 million pupils.
To date various regions including Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, Shinyanga, Kigoma, Coast, Iringa, Njombe, Sumbawanga, Mwanza, Lindi, Mtwara, Dar es Salaam, Singida and Morogoro have benefitted from the project.
When fully implemented, the programme will result in the improvement in class attendance and eventual enhancement in the quality of education across the country.