Majaliwa collects Sh203m in desks fundraiser in Dar

27Nov 2016
The Guardian Reporter
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Majaliwa collects Sh203m in desks fundraiser in Dar

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa led a number of Dar es Salaam residents in a fundraising gala dinner held over the weekend in which Sh203m was raised.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, receives a dummy cheque from Education, Science and Technology ministry deputy secretary Dr Leonard Akwilapo during a fundraising event organised by the Hassan Maajar Trust in partnership with Bank M in Dar es Salaam at the weekend to raise money for desks for every pupils. Looking on is Bank M CEO designate, Jacqueline Woiso.

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.

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