TANAPA to educate students about Mwl.Nyerere

13Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
TANAPA to educate students about Mwl.Nyerere

THE Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) has announced a three-month campaign to educate primary and secondary school students on the history of the late father of the nation—Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere and the  beginning of political liberation movements.

The campaign is part of celebrations to mark this year’s Nyerere Day (October 14th) and promote the Nyerere National Park, the largest national park in Africa which is part of the Selous Game Reserve.

It was established in the year 2019 and covers an area of over 30,000 square kilometers.

Addressing journalists yesterday, Head Conservator at the old Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s house at Magomeni in Dar es Salaam, Neema Mbwana said the campaign which was launched on October 1st 2021 will last until December this year.

“There are many school children who are not aware of the country’s liberation struggle and the history of the late Nyerere. We want them to visit the house at Magomeni, Ifunda Street as part of domestic tourism but also to broaden their understanding of the country’s history,” said Mbwana adding they have so far reached over 120 schools within the city.

She said the aim is to reach all the schools in Dar es Salaam by December and that a number of teachers have already confirmed to bring students for the study tour at the house. She said they are working closely with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to achieve the target of reaching all the schools.

The government nationalized the house at Magomeni in 2011.According to her, since the official launch of the house that Mwalimu Nyerere lived in during his early independence struggles in 1950's, there have been a number of local and international tourists visiting the area.

The government through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism opened the doors of the old Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s house in October 2020, making it one of the centres for heritage tourism in the city. Among historic items preserved in the house include the picture of Mwalimu Nyerere when he was the President of Tanganyika, tailoring machine, and iron box.

Meanwhile, Senior Conservator at the Nyerere National Park, Seti Mihayo called upon Tanzanians to visit the park on October 14th 2021 since it is endowed with a variety of wild animals and undisturbed ecological and biological processes.

He said the park accommodates the Rufiji River with a good population of elephant, buffalo, lion, hippo and rhino. It is one of the leading parks for water tourism because of its available five big dams. He said the park can be easily reached from Dar es Salaam whereas the driving distance is 190 kilometers through the Kisarawe route in Coast Region.