VICE-PRESIDENT Samia Suluhu Hassan has commended religious institutions in the country for their major contributions in the education sector.
"Contributions by Religious Institutions in the education sector have been very important in our country, especially those which focus on serving orphans and pupils with disabilities," she said, while laying the foundation stone of the New Dawn Communities Secondary School at Njoro Ward, Same District in Kilimanjaro Region, recently.
The Vice-President equally commended the school's leadership for its decision to establish the institution, which would give priority to the marginalised pupils, whom she said would be able to get good education like others, adding that the New Dawn project was a good example worth emulation.
"Another good decision by your management is that of providing pupils from all parts of the country with education... we in the government congratulate you for making this decision which is very patriotic," she further said.
On his side, the New Dawn Country Director, Bishop Stephen Mshomi, said his institution expects to open in January, 2019, with the first batch of the Ordinary level students to graduate in 2022.
"To achieve all these, we have already completed the construction of a dormitory which has the capacity to accommodate the first 36 students and upon full completion would be able to serve and accommodate 864 students," he hinted.
Stephen Mshomi further said that to achieve their goal, apart from the construction of the dormitory, the institution has also completed the construction of four Classrooms.
"The High School which is supported by the United Sates based New Dawn Communities Worldwide and would provide free education for orphaned children from Form One to Six.
They would also be provided with school uniforms and other educational materials free of charge during their entire learning course," he added.
The school country director hinted that the future plans of the institution would include supporting students who would excel in their studies especially in Form Four to advance level, alongside helping the ones who would not be able to finance their education and later on proceed to other higher learning institutions.
"The school would be a bridge for integrating students who can't afford costs of higher education for various reasons," he said.
Equally, the institution has also come up with several projects; a move the bishop said would make sure they become self-resilient by the year 2035, instead of depending on foreign donors.
On the challenges facing the school, Bishop Mshomi cited lack of electricity in the area that was in turn forcing them to incur high costs to acquire alternate power for their projects.
"We urge the Government through its relevant authorities to help us get reliable electricity through its projects such as the Rural Energy Agency (REA) for the institution to avoid high costs of acquiring alternative power through the generators," he appealed.
During the occasion presided over by different leaders and invited guests including the Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlements, Mr William Lukuvi, Vice- President Samia promised to help them after a meeting with their school's leaders.