- THE Italian government has supported three Tanzanian technical institutions with teaching and learning facilities worth over 7m/-.
Among the beneficiaries include the Dar es Salaam Institute for Science and Technology (DIT), Mbeya University for Science and Technology (MUST) and Arusha Technical College (ATC).
Speaking in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday when she visited DIT campus, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, Prof Joyce Ndalichako, commended the Italian government for extending the support which would boost technical education in Tanzania.
The minister said the support came at the right time when enrollment of women in technical colleges had doubled for the last two years.“That’s why we want more support in this area; which has a bright future for Tanzanians.”
Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affair, Dr Mario Giro said technical education was a key to poverty reduction as it provides knowledge and skills required to raise output; hence, generate more income.
According to the envoy, technical education is central to economic and technological development as it builds the capacity for community or nation to adopt, disseminate and utilize appropriate technology to the maximum.
He said in this regard the government of Tanzania, with the support of the Italian government, it is appropriate to view technical education as a priority area in its economic development and poverty reduction strategic plan.
“After an official request from the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Italian government has approved the joint Technical Education and Labour Market Support (TELMS) Programme that is now in place and in full implementation phase” he said.
DIT Principle Prof John Kondoro said that there are three institutions mainly involved in the (TELMS) Programme, DIT, MUST and ATC.
He said the objective of this program was to increased access and improved quality of teaching and learning for strategically selected subjects using modern training equipment and improved staff skills, to introduce a new labor market driven demand for cross cutting edge technologies and engineering programmers’.
“To research and boost existing partnerships and linkage with the Tanzanian industry through innovative technical programmers’.
Thus, training will be carried out with the aim of placement of the students within the industry to assist them in continuing their professional development in the years ahead.
A special consideration within this program is prioritized towards women’s participation in technology and engineering,” he said.