Premier orders for establishment of innovation desks

TANGA: PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the President’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments (PO-RALG) to oversee the establishment of science, technology and innovation desks in educational institutions at all levels by July 25, this year.

PM Majaliwa issued the directives on Friday during the culmination of the 2024 national education, skills, and innovation week held in Tanga Region.

The Premier argued that the initiative will not only enhance innovation and skills among graduates but also build competence among them.

He stated the government has facilitated the establishment of 94 companies through the innovations and technologies developed by Tanzanians, adding that the State is dedicated to ensuring that the education sector remains a central pillar of development for other sectors and the country as a whole.

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“One of the most significant achievements we can be proud of is the transformations we have achieved in the education sector through President Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan’s vision,” he said, adding; “Our education system must provide skills and build competence in graduates.” He emphasised the need for educated workers with skills and expertise to build a competitive and sustainable economy.

The Prime Minister urged the youth in the country to continue creating innovations that address challenges in society and to promote these innovations to generate income.

“The government continues to ensure that the 283 inventions that emerged from the national competition of science, technology, and creativity (MAKISATU) are well developed. Due to these efforts, 42 of those inventions have already been brought to market,” he stated.

Regarding the event, Premier Majaliwa emphasised its importance for the country as part of the strategies of the sixth phase of the government to promote skills, innovations and the use of technologies.

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In his remarks, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adolf Mkenda, mentioned that this year’s event has received a great response from stakeholders, with over 140 institutions participating.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Representative to Tanzania, Ms Elke Wisch, commended the government for its efforts in transforming the education sector.

“I would like to commend the government of Tanzania for organising this week and for the commendable progress in transforming education,” she emphasised.

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