Tanzania public schools set for entrepreneurial training


Secondary school students will soon begin to take practical training and acquire entrepreneurial skills for them to be self-reliant even before writing their final exams, thanks to the government plan to tackle youth unemployment.

Addressing the National Economic Empowerment Council’s Economic Empowerment Working Meeting in Dar es Salaam Thursday, Prime Minister Majaliwa Kassim Majaliwa stressed the government was reviewing its teaching curriculum to allow students gain useful business skills that could come in handy in future.

“We want those completing their secondary education to be able to run or set up some business, this needs our education to be very comprehensive,” he told the gathering.

Tanzania’s demographic survey shows youth represents roughly 18 percent of the total population.
But the prime minister said the government has made some positive headway and that the new initiative would help reduce mass unemployment.

He emphasized that the National Economic Empowerment Council has already developed the national entrepreneurship training framework- NETF in collaboration with education stakeholders.

“Such framework is part of the national economic empowerment policy which was adopted to improve people’s participation in the national economy, improve business environment and infrastructures,” Majaliwa said.

The Tanzanian government has also launched a National Multi-sectoral Strategic Framework for Economic Empowerment (NMSFEE) guidelines for local and central government authorities.

According to the State Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administrative and Local Government Jenista Mhagama , the Tanzanian economy is controlled by a paltry 10 percent of the population.

Beng’I Issa NEEC Executive Secretary acknowledged that only a few Tanzanians were running, and benefiting from the country’s economy but underscored her office is working on empowering more citizens especially from rural communities.

Ms. Issa said the plan to empower emerging entrepreneurs has been facing challenges of accessing loans to improve their productivity. “There is also a question of infrastructure which hinders rural communities to fully participate in the economy,” she said.

Managing Director, TIB Bank, Peter Noni told the gathering his institution has until late last year issued over Tsh550bn to support improvement of infrastructure in the country. In addition, he said about Tsh 58bn was released to support 121 small and medium-sized companies.

“We have also spent Sh489bn to support rural electrification projects covering 81 projects and connecting 257,000 households with electricity supply,” he added