Zanzibar to increase education funding in honour of revolution

11Jan 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Zanzibar to increase education funding in honour of revolution

FORMER Zanzibar Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha has suggested the need for the Isles government to increase investment in education if it is to honour and protect the 1964 revolution.

FORMER Zanzibar Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha

He said the Zanzibar’s revolution won’t be honoured if the people are not well educated and the isles’ economy is not strengthened.

Nahodha made the remarks when speaking at the just-concluded symposium organised by Zanzibar’s university students as part of marking the Revolutionary Day observed at Malindi Mjini, Magharibi Region.

He said the 52-year revolution will remain strong if the community is better educated in science and technology; “our people need to embark in productive sectors and to do so they need science and technology,” he said.

Nahodha said the First President of Zanzibar, the late Sheikh Abeid Amani Karume managed to build a Zanzibar that offered better lives and assured them social services. He described the late Karume as “a man of action” who was eager to ensure the Isles’ residents live comfortable lives.

“He also invested heavily in education, agriculture, and industry,” Nahodha said urging current leaders to follow suit.

“We cannot protect the revolution with mere words, we must invest heavily in education. This is the right way to realise a strong economy for Zanzibar,” he went on to say.

“He stayed in power for only eight years, but he did a lot of things for his people including free water, health and education services,” Nahodha recounted.

He went on to note that the order by Zanzibar ‘President’ Dr Ali Mohamed Shein to ban monetary contributions in primary and secondary schools is part of the government’s endeavours to improve social services in the Isles.

He further noted that the Zanzibar philosophy of 1964, the year of the revolution, was to make the island a strong nation and an independent economy, but according to him, the dream was disturbed in 1980s, when free market economy came into existence.

“These economic changes disrupted Zanzibar’s economy as some industries were forced to be privatized and a number of people were retrenched,” he recalled.

The Zanzibar Revolution occurred in 1964 and led to the overthrow of the Sultan of Zanzibar and his mainly Arab government by local African revolutionaries. Zanzibar was an ethnically diverse state consisting of a number of islands off the east coast of Tanganyika which had been granted independence by Britain in 1963.

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