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624 students to benefit from Kamal Group food aid

624 students to benefit from Kamal Group food aid

Speaking at the launch of the project at the school in Bagamoyo on Tuesday, the Kamal Group Chairman, Mr Gagan Gupta, said the company came up with the initiative as a way of instilling the love for education into the pupils' minds.

"Our aim is to make sure that every kid that has reached the age of attending primary school goes to school willingly and happily," he said at a function presided over by Education and Vocational Training Minister, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa. He said the initiative will reach a total of 20 schools in five years.

Dr Kawambwa applauded Kamal Group for the initiative, saying such a scheme has already yielded positive outcomes in five regions.
"The government initiated such a programme in the year 2000 with the help of various donors, members of the private sector, religious organizations as well as individuals," he said.

The initiative has so far benefited a total of 711,758 pupils in Arusha, Singida, Manyara, Shinyanga and Dodoma. "Éthe results are really encouraging and I thank Kamal Group for seeing the need to be party to such a noble undertaking," the minister said.
He said with the initiative, registration of pupils into Standard One has gone up from 60 per cent of all the kids that have reached the age of attending primary school to 95 per cent between 2000 and 2011.

The pupils' examination passing rate has also gone up by 70 per cent while the students' class participation in the five regions has also gone up by 90 per cent. Kamal Group is renowned for injecting millions of dollars to build what is known as Tanzania's first privately-owned Export Processing Zones (EPZ) at Zinga in Bagamoyo.

Already, a number of factories including one for manufacturing lubricants and a gas plant are operational at the site. Apart from the two factories, the park, located some 40 kilometres from Dar es Salaam, will also make space for various industries like transformer manufacturing, oil refinery, steel plant, sugar industry, pulse and grain processing plant and assembling plant for two wheeler vehicles among others.

According to Mr Gupta, when put to maximum productivity, the Guptas' EPZ will create direct employment for 25,000 people while a minimum one million people will be employed indirectly.

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