Joint effort provides school desks

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA – Upcountry primary and secondary schools are handicapped by a shortage of desks which has affected learning capacity and contributed to poor exam results.
Many of the primary and secondary school students in the remote areas of Tanzania are still learning while seated on the floor.  Now a new effort has been started to handle the situation.
About 750 students in Singida District will receive desks from the Hassan Maajar Trust in partnership with the National Housing Corporation (NHC). The two organisations have donated 264 desks to Munisa Primary School.
The Hassan Maajar Trust’s Representative, Shariff Maajar, together with NHC’s Director General, Nehemiah Mchechu have presented the desks to the Regional Commissioner, Dr Parseko Kone in Singida last week.
“I would like to thank Hassan Maajar Trust and NHC for their immense support in the education sector, in Singida,” Dr Kone said.
Dr Kone said students in Singida, particularly those in the rural settings, are often faced with many challenges and the number one is that of poor learning environments.
He added, so we really appreciate partners who assist to create better learning conditions for our children.
“Overcoming some of these challenges and have a conducive learning environment, set standards and encourage better results,” he said.
This donation is the second of five that are facilitated from funds raised by the Hassan Maajar Trust in December 2011 during its Fundraising Gala Dinner.
For this particular donation a total of Tsh22.5 million ($13,928) of which NHC contributed Tsh10 million ($6,190).
“One of our aims is to ensure that no child in Tanzania is learning seating on the floor,” the Executive Director of the Hassan Maajar Trust, Ms Zena Tenga said.
She added that they want to make sure that their campaign ‘A Desk For Every Child’ reaches as many children as we possible and build a nation of educated citizens.
She thanked NHC for supporting their mission. “We will continue to rally the support of all wishing to see our children sitting on desks rather on the floor.
We are very pleased to see our contribution transform into these practical desks which the students will now enjoy and be comfortable studying from,” she said.
Hassan Maajar Trust is a non-profit organization, dedicated towards improving the learning environment in schools by addressing and tackling the national school desk deficit across Tanzania through its ‘A Desk for Every Child’ campaign.
NHC’s vision is to be a leading Real Estate Development and Management firm and its mission is to provide and facilitate the provision of quality housing and other buildings for use by the general public while operating on sound commercial principles.

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