Moshi — NEVILLE Primary School in Mbokomu Ward, Moshi Rural District had all reasons to smile as French well wishers handed over modern classrooms and furniture recently.
The benefactors, led by Ms Sara Temba Marchand and her husband Mr Gabriel Marchand taxed themselves and friends abroad to achieve this goal.
Speaking at the handover ceremony at Mbokomu, Ms Marchand who is the chairperson of a French based Education Association for Kilimanjaro established in 2000, said they were touched at seeing school buildings in ramshackles. The association raised the money through fundraising activities and came up with over Euro 20,000 (over 40m/-).
"We came here and found the school in a really bad state ... we decided to do something so we met with the school committee and representatives from District Education Officer (DEO), so that they could acquaint us with their priorities and they singled out the classrooms and asked for four.
We have started with these two," said Ms Marchand who studied at the school over 50 years ago. She said they worked in collaboration with Tanzanian Ambassador to France, Ms Begum Karim Taj and the Association to date has about 100 members in France and other European countries.
Ms Marchand took a sabbatical so as to work on the programme. Ms Marchand teaches English in France, said for the architecture, Mr Mike Mosha offered his expertise free while well wishers in France, going by the name Aiducation.76 donated 44 desks, tables and notice boards.
The Guest of Honour, the DEO, Mr Simon Sheshe commended the Association for a job well done and called upon other institutions and individuals to join hands with government in helping children get quality education in good school environment.
Mr Sheshe who represented Moshi District Executive Director (DED), Mr Fulgence Mponji at the function, ordered education coordinators to draft proposals for construction or renovation and channel the proposals during yearly budget process to see if they could be allocated funds. He said it was shame to see the school was in such a horrible state.
He ordered the headteacher to place alms boxes at nearby churches and mosques so that the faithful contribute towards the school every time they go for worship.
Speaking at the function, Neville Primary School Head teacher, Ms Mwajuma Shabani thanked the well wishers for their donation.