This idea of collaborating with the Government of Tanzania to impart apprenticeship is not a recent idea. This was talked about from 2015 with the PDO office of Dar es Salaam
and with Fr. Boniface Mchami . Finally it got materialized due to the hard work of Fr. Celestine Kharkhongor and his team of Don Bosco Net, Tanzania and Mr. Robert of the ministry of Labour ,
Employment and Youth Affairs. The project was officially presented to the Government of Tanzania in November 2016 and soon it got approval and the Government put the advertisement in the newspapers and national T.V. In the month of March 2017.
Unfortunately several students who were selected did not know about the announcement and were very slow in reporting to our centers. Our centers began to register the students on 29th May 2017 and gave a week of orientation. The classes officially began on 5th June 2017. This programme was officially launched on 9th June 2017 at Don Bosco Iringa by the honorable minister Mrs JENISTA MHAGAMA, the minister of Labour and Employment in the presence of Rev. Fr. Simon Asira SDB, the Vice-Provincial and Provincial designate, Fr. Celestine Kharkhongor, several Salesians, staff and students who are benefitting from this programme. Several members of Parliament belonging to the ruling party and the opposition were present for the launching .
The fund allotted for this project is from the tax collected by the Government of Tanzania through SDL ( Skills Development Levy) . The Government of Tanzania sponsors the school fees of all the students in this programme and pays for the training materials
The objectives of this programme are:
1. Provide quality training and apprenticeship programme for marginalized youth seeking to transform their lives through Don Bosco training by the end of 2018.
2. To increase employability and labour mobility of marginalized youth through certification of skills acquired through formal apprenticeship training by 2018.
3. Enhancement of soft skills development in improving individual's interpersonal skills in the work environment to boost productivity by 2018.
We need to congratulate and appreciate the effort of the Government of Dr. John Magufuli for using the tax collected wisely for the young people of Tanzania and for us Salesians it is a golden opportunity to reach out to thousands of young people in Tanzania. Long live Don Bosco and thanks to everyone who made this possible starting with our pioneers who laid the foundation in Tanzania for Don Bosco.