TANZANIA: Students gain skills in high-demand sector
Don Bosco Oysterbay develops new excellence center in air conditioning repair
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Oysterbay Vocational Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, recently launched a partnership with Daikin thanks to its partnership with Don Bosco Tech Africa. Daikin officially launched a new “Air Conditioning Center of Excellence” at Don Bosco Oysterbay.
The center is equipped with modern machines that will be used to train students in the latest air conditioning technology. This initiative is intended to initially benefit 150 students. Rising temperatures due to climate change have led many people to install air conditioning systems in their homes and offices. There is a growing need for highly qualified skilled technicians in this sector.
Speaking at the ceremony to launch this initiative, Dinesh Kumar Sinha, Daikin manager for East Africa, underscored that the project also aims to promote the dissemination of environmentally friendly solutions. Father Waldemar Jonatowski, principal of Don Bosco Oysterbay, expressed his gratitude to Daikin, adding that the project will transform the lives of students by equipping them with advanced skills in a rapidly growing sector.
In November 2022, Daikin launched a similar center of excellence at the Don Bosco Boys’ Town Technical Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.
“As the world faces growing climate change challenges, there is a need to train students in new sectors so they are able to find jobs that need qualified employees,” said Father Timothy Ploch, interim director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “This has led to a need for technical and vocational education and training centers to seek out new partnerships and opportunities. Training programs in Tanzania provide a real opportunity for students to gain an education and later employment in a growing and much-needed field of study.”
In Tanzania, 67.9% 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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