URANIUM mining company, Mantra Tanzania has pledged to continue supporting the education sector by either sponsoring education initiatives or directly sponsoring students who would work in the mining sector.
The company, which is still in the process to get a mining licence for its Mkuju River Uranium Project in Namtumbo District in Ruvuma Region, has shown big commitment in ensuring that many citizens are prepared to work in the mine as soon as production commences.
Speaking during the Tanzania Schools Exhibition event held in Dar es Salaam recently, Mantra Tanzania Senior Environmental Officer, Rabson Mshana, said his company was committed to support the education sector, with a focus to prepare many Tanzanian youths to have the capacity to handle professional jobs within the mining sector.
Mr Mshana said Mantra Tanzania decided to sponsor the exhibition because of its uniqueness as it gave parents chance to have a one stop shop for their children's educational needs in terms of getting a variety of schools and getting to know what a particular school offered in terms of quality education.
"Choosing the right school for your child can be a very difficult and complex decision to make, especially when there are a number of good schools and very limited time to visit them all", he said, adding:
"This exhibition gives a parent an opportunity to talk directly to representatives from a cross-section of the best schools in the country, in order to find the best all round education for your child, and get immediate answers regarding the schools on your shortlist.
Because we value quality education, Mantra agreed to sponsor this event to give parents a chance to make the right choice," said Mshana.
Speaking during the same occasion, Mantra Tanzania's Public Relations Manager Khadija Pallangyo said that apart from sponsoring the exhibition that attracted a number of secondary schools, colleges, Universities, Government education agencies and educational services providers (such as publishers and uniform vendors), Mantra has started a programme to support students from the Namtumbo communities for apprenticeship in Integrated Mining Technical Training (IMTT) programme at VETA college in Moshi.
"During 2011 and 2012 a total of 10 students have already been sponsored. The sponsored students will be given priority to do practical training with the mine while on leave, and of being employed by Mantra Tanzania project after completion of training and passing their exams.
"The selection involved among other things posting the adverts to all eighteen Namtumbo District wards. The entry qualifications for VETA Moshi is required - the applicants to have at least principal passes in Physics, Mathematics and English," she said.