Ilala Municipal Council in Dar es Salaam has praised the involvement of civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations in improving the education of children in the district's poverty-stricken households.
Ilala Municipal Council Education Officer, Lukia Gwandu said that a number of schools in Ilala District still lack educational infrastructure. She said NGOs have been working hard to complement government efforts in improving reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills for children.
"Parents and community support to improve education has slowed down following government's decision of offering free education," she said. But according to Gwandu, NGOs and CSOs organisations help to improve the learning environments by providing capacity building training and infrastructure development.
Gwandu was speaking at an ongoing workshop organised by the Organisation for Community Development (OCODE), which has brought together members of primary school committees.
She urged the public, and parents in particular, to continue supporting the education sector even as the government has decided to offer free education up to Form IV level.
OCODE Programme Officer, Doreen Matekele, told reporters that the workshop which drew participants from Msongola, Nzasa II, Viwege and Tunguini primary schools to share experiences on leadership and proper management of schools.
"We're helping them (schools) to redefine their responsibilities. A head teacher who is a member of the committee has been doing duties he/she is not supposed to do and this slows efforts to improve the quality of education," she said, adding, "We're partnering with Stromme Foundation to improve education in Ilala." Selemani Mohamed, a head-teacher at Msongola Primary School said: "We still need the support of parents to alter the quality of education."
He said last year the community surrounding the school contributed over 5m/- which helped renovate buildings.
"The government is doing its part, yet parents can do their part too other than paying school fees," he said. "We can improve the quality of education if we share the same goal," added Nondo Almas Nondo, the chairman of Viwege Primary School committe.