March 8, 2016
The CRDB Bank has donated Twenty million Tanzanian Shillings to TEA for an ongoing nationwide campaign to build girls dormitories in hard to reach areas. The donation was handed to TEA yesterday during a TEA-CRDB Joint Commemoration of Women’s Day in Dar es Salaam.
The deputy Minister of Education Science and Technology Hon, Engineer Stellah Manyanya received the donation on behalf of Tanzania Education Authority. She extoled both TEA’s Initiatives and CRDB’s contribution geared towards equity and educational improvement in the country.
“We welcome this kind of initiatives aimed at addressing educational needs in our country. I would like to see more corporates take the same path of funding education”, She said.
TEA's Director General, Joel Laurent in his thanking note, revered the collaboration between TEA and CRDB, pledged to keep the collaboration up for the improvement of quality, equity and access to education.
During the event, the CRDB’s Deputy Director General, Esther Kitoka pledged a donation of TZS 20 million to TEA on annual basis. She said, “It is our hope that our donation will help to foster educational development in our Country” The donation is geared towards TEA's major campaign for construction of girls' dormitories and improvement of hygiene.
The increase in the demand for hostels is tied to Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP) and Secondary School Development Programme (SEDP) which led to more enrolments, hence challenging educational infrastructure. For instance Primary students’ enrollment doubled between 2001 and 2010 from 4,881,588 in 2001 to 8,419,305 in 2010.
Lack of dormitories in secondary schools has forced students especially those who reside in areas far away from the schools to rent rooms in neighbouring surroundings. This situation puts girls at high risk of sexual harassment, pregnancies, early marriages, poor academic performance due to poor learning environment, leading to failure or school-dropout.
According to President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governance, Tanzania needs 403 Dormitories in hard-to-reach areas. TEA has embarked to girl's dormitories in hard to reach areas, so as to incease quality, equity and access in education provision and acquisition.