TANZANIA: School celebrates graduation, expansion
Don Bosco Kilimanjaro has new boarding facility for students
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Kilimanjaro International Institute for Telecommunications, Electronics and Computers, located in Arusha, Tanzania, held its 14th graduation ceremony on Oct. 15. Along with celebrating accomplishments of the students, the institute was celebrating a new boarding facility. In addition, Father Sebastian Chirayath was installed as the new rector of the institute.
Don Bosco Kilimanjaro serves poor youth and young adults, many from local tribes. It consists of a 15-acre campus that offers the most advanced training technologies in the region, including courses in electrical engineering with industrial automation, renewable energy, and computer science, as well as electronics and telecommunications.
Its innovative education model is based on a hands-on and student-centered approach to learning with full access to modern learning equipment simulating real-world experiences. The school is also registered and accredited by the National Council for Technical Education and awards successful graduates with a three-year National Technical Award Level Six diploma.
“Salesians know that access to education lays the foundation for a better future for all youth,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “In many countries around the globe where poverty is high and access to education is not universal, it is crucial that Salesian missionaries continue to offer technical and vocational training to as many youth as possible to ensure that they have access to long-term stable employment.”
In Tanzania, 67.9 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. While the country has seen some economic growth in tourism, mining, trade and communication, the number of Tanzanians living below the poverty line has marginally increased due to rapid population growth. In some regions, up to half of the population struggles to meet the cost of essential food and shelter and other basic necessities like clothing, health care and education.
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