AIRTEL Tanzania has donated Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology books worth 12m/- to four secondary schools in Tanga region as part of the company's programme to boost the education sector in Tanzania.
Speaking during a brief handing over ceremony held in Tanga over the weekend, Korogwe District Education Office Mr Shaaban Shemzighwa said the donation would reduce books scarcity and improve education level in the region. "We hope that these efforts will spread all over the country and be a catalyst in the fight against ignorance among Tanzanian youths," he said.
The Sales Manager in Tanga and Kilimanjaro regions Edmund Lasway said the donation was part of the company's programme to assist the growth of education in Tanzania. One of the headmasters of the schools that benefited by the donation, Mr Victor Mwenda from Mkuzi Juu Secondary School said the books would improve efficiency in science subjects.
"We have to praise Airtel for their donation because lack of books is one of the problems that curb our teaching efforts especially on science subjects," he said. He called for students to make use of the donated books and keep them well.
The Airtel Tanzania Social Service Manager, Ms Hawa Bayuni said that Airtel was planning to enter in the new phase of distributing books to secondary schools in all regions of the country under its programme of giving back the profit to the community. "At this juncture a number of schools will benefit at all regions.
The project will target the secondary school chosen by the Ministry of Education that are in serious need of books," she said. "Since we started this project eight years back we have reached more than 1,500 secondary schools in the country. We have equally distributed to every region and reached students at all corners of the country.