Chalinze, Bagamoyo, 2 August 2014 -
Tanga Cement PLC through its product, Simba Cement, and READ International are collaborating to set up libraries in 3 secondary schools, as part of READ’s Library Refurbishment Programme.
The 2014 READ’s Library Refurbishment Programme was launched on the 14th July 2014. This is the 6th year that READ has been running this programme in Tanzania. The aim of the programme is to create libraries in secondary schools that improve and support access to books, create an environment that is conducive to study, and provide a creative space where reading for pleasure is encouraged.
Tanga Cement PLC is supporting the refurbishment of Chalinze Secondary (Bagamoyo district), Kinyerezi Secondary School (Ilala district) and Mingoyo Secondary School (Lindi Municipal district) for the total cost of Tzs46,586,100 (GBP 16,500). Each school has a spare classroom that has been selected to become the library.
READ has recruited university student volunteers who, working in teams, spend 3 weeks at each school working to transform a spare room into a brand new library. Their work includes making minor repairs to the building, repainting the walls, installing new furniture, setting up a referencing system for the books, and training library prefects.
Tanga Cement PLC has been supporting education sector in the country by constructing classrooms, toilets for the schools and donating desks.
This is the first library programme for the Company and READ International is the first NGO to partner with, in this programme.
As part of TCCL commitment to the sustainable development, we recognize our social responsibilities and aim to visibly play a leading role within the company’s spheres of influence. Our CSR policy allows us to spend up to 1% of our profit before tax within the Tanzanian community to specific and pre-defined projects.
This year, 2014, the Company has already spent a total of Tzs99.4m for education projects. The money was spent on construction of toilets for the Kasera Primary Scholl in Tanga, donation of cement for construction of secondary shool laboratories – for Korogwe and Pangani districts, school refurbishment – Saruji Primary School in Tanga, and this program of libraries’ refurbishment.