THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Mbeya-based Appropriate Technology Training Institute (ATTI), will sponsor an international training course on Labour-Based Technology (LBT) for road works, for ten Somali engineers comprising university and local government staff members.
ATTI which is located near Tukuyu in Rungwe District, is the sole training institute in Tanzania which can provide comprehensive training on LBT. Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania Office, Mr Yukihide Katsuta, said the eight weeks training course starts tomorrow and JICA will cover all costs.
He expressed his delight and expectation on the course, adding that the participants will get theory and practical training including actual gravel road works, drainage structures and so forth. This is a second batch of Somali Engineers to be sponsored by JICA for a similar training at ATTI. The first batch was trained last year.
"We are very happy to support again the LBT training for Somali people. This is clear message that the first batch was satisfied with the education provided by ATTI, said Mr Katsuta in a statement. We expect participants for this year to get information and technology regarding LBT during their stay in Tanzania and fully utilize it in their respective duties for the development of their country," said Mr Katsuta.
JICA conducted a successful technical cooperation project for ATTI titled "Capacity Strengthening on Labour-Based Technology Training" from May, 2006, to February, 2011. Through this project, curriculum and training materials were reviewed, equipment for training was provided and the managerial and technical capacity of ATTI on LBT training implementation have been enhanced. Also by conducting the training for Somali people, the strengthened capacity of ATTI would be fully utilized.