Dr Akwilapo made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday when opening the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) annual general meeting themed; ‘Young women a new force for sustainable development’.
“What CAMFED is doing supplements government’s efforts towards improving the sector, their job is in line with the Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP), but they also support us in youth development and creation of employment,” said the PS.
He said the government will in future involve the Small Industries Development Organisation (SIDO) and Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) in the life skills course offered by the organisation so as to empower many youth.
The Permanent Secretary applauded the organisation for improving school learning infrastructures such as construction of classrooms, pit latrines, laboratories, dormitories, water wells, libraries and teachers houses.
CAMFED National Director, Lydia Wilbard said the annual general meeting was convened to among other things discuss the organisation’s ending strategic plan (2015-2019) as well as analyse the successes attained during the specific period.
According to Wilbard, CAMFED has been working to compliment government’s efforts in improving provision of education. She said the organisation has so far supported thousands of marginalised children, among them, 82,676 are in primary and 49,981 from secondary school.
“Considering that most of the children live far from the schools, we also provide bicycles to facilitate student’s transportation to and from school. We have provided 8,884 bicycles worth over 500m/-“, said the national director adding the organisation also provides additional support to children with special needs.
She noted that supported children are also trained on children’s rights and protection where 288 students benefitted. She said under the learners guide programme, CAMFED provided life skills training to 1,875 through 403 sessions conducted in secondary schools.
Among the success recorded during implementation of the ending strategic plan is the involvement of 8,426 CAMFED alumni association (CAMA) in decision-making meeting at various levels.
CAMFED was launched in Tanzania in 2005, working with the government to boost secondary school enrolment. It started working in Iringa Region before spreading to eight other regions across the country. It works with 819 partner schools in 32 districts.
It has also supported more than 3.3 million children to go to school in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Malawi.