Tanzania: 20 billion / – to transform the Mwanza campus of Dit

Mwanza – THE government has allocated 20 billion/- for the expansion and renovation of the Mwanza campus of the Dar es Saalam Institute of Technology (DIT), in need to intensify education and industrial development based on leather technology.

The allocated fund will be used for the ongoing construction of sixth modern buildings, including the hostel, classrooms, administration block, university block and Leather Technology Center workshop within the institute. The one-year project is being undertaken by Comfix and Engineering, a local construction company.

The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Adolf Mkenda, said on Friday during his visit to the leather-based DIT institute located in Ilemela district, Mwanza region, that funds are available and the project should be completed on time.

He inspected the teaching factory at the DIT Mwanza campus as well as the ongoing construction of the Leather Technology Center.

Professor Mkenda said the government is committed to seeing the institute become the touchstone of leather technology education, from which as many young people as possible can learn skills for making leather goods. leather products such as shoes, wallets, belts as well as football.

He said it was incomprehensible that the country still imports most of its leather products from abroad despite having enough raw materials.

He said that by making a remarkable technological transformation in the leather industrial sector, many young people could be employed.

He challenged the institution to change its teaching methodology from theory to practice, where graduates may be able to employ themselves.

“Through DIT’s leather technology training, many young people can find jobs, we need our young people to be enriched with practical skills, so that they can be job creators rather than job seekers “, Professor Mkenda said.

Professor Mkenda further urged the administration of the institute to ensure that it has well-equipped instructors, designing a special intellectual exchange program with the world-class university in leather technology as the UK-based University of Norththampton.

On his part, the District Commissioner of Ilemela (DC), Mr. Hassan Massala, commended the sixth phase government for continuing to allocate sufficient funds to the education sector.

Earlier, DIT Board Chairman Dr Richard Joseph in a briefing with the Minister said that the institute is currently focusing on teaching leather goods manufacturing using the machine and the hand so that even when they complete their education, they can use their skills to create jobs for themselves.

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