Tanzania: Mulamula Echoes Equal Education for Girls

FOREIGN Affairs and East African Cooperation Minister, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula has appealed to parents in the country to take a holistic approach to ensure that girls get equal education like boys.

Equally, she directed councils to construct dormitories for girl students in efforts to reduce the number of dropouts due to early pregnancies. Ambassador Mulamula made the appeal on Tuesday during a fund-raising at Bwanjai Ward in Missenyi District, Kagera Region, where she was the guest of honour.

“As part of the government’s commitment to continue boosting education, especially in rural areas, President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently allocated over 20bn/- to Kagera region for the construction of classrooms. Each of us has a duty to support the government in the implementation of the projects,”.

“In areas which faced acute shortage of dormitories, parents and wananchi should be mobilised to contribute money and building materials for such projects,” she said. Reading a report, the Bwanjai Ward Councillor, Mr Phocas Rwegasira informed the minister that residents in the area had unanimously decided to construct a girl’s dormitory at Bwanjai Secondary School, a project estimated to cost about 21.9m/- upon completion.

“Due to walking for a long distance, two girls recently dropped out due to early pregnancies,” he said. Minister Mulamula contributed 2m/- for the project, adding that teen pregnancies are due to unprotected and early sexual intercourse, which also exposes teenagers to other risks of contracting sexually transmitted infections (STDs) and other diseases such as HIV/AIDS.