Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy in Tanzania to get new hostel

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A new hostel is set to be constructed at the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy (MNMA) in Tanzania. Zanzibar Second Vice -President Hemed Suleiman Abdulla laid the foundation stone for the project which is set to address accommodation challenges facing most students.

Mr Abdulla who represented President Hussein Mwinyi said the government was satisfied with the development of the institution which has recorded a positive remark on its graduates performing well in jobs.

“The institution has been doing well and the government is ready to provide any assistance needed, including soliciting funds for development projects. I also urge students to study hard, while maintaining maximum discipline and good behavior,” said Mr. Abdulla.

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Plea for financial support

The project will be executed by SUMA JKT at a cost of US $7M. The hostel is designed for 1,536 students, half of whom will be female. Mr Abdulla urged the contractor to do his best to complete the project on time while maintaining the required standards.

The Rector of the MNMA Prof Shadrack Mwakalila noted that the institution still need funds to build new classrooms, library and laboratory. He called on other companies and individuals to support the MNMA. In response to the plea Mr Tawfiq Salum, who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Mpendae constituency pledged to contribute US $5173.

“We thank Zanzibar government for its support, including allocating land for construction of our campus in Pemba. We have a number of projects to accomplish, but financial constraint remains a problem,” said Prof Shadrack Mwakalila.

Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy

The Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy is initially a product of Kivukoni College. In February, 1958 the National Conference of TANU which was held in Tabora passed a Resolution to establish a college for adults in the lines of Ruskin College in Oxford.

The College was to be a tool for spreading understanding of social, political and economic problems facing underdeveloped countries such as Tanganyika among people who were likely to become leaders in newly independent country but who did not have qualifications necessary to enter educational institutions. The Adult College was formally established on 29th July, 1961 as a private company under Companies Ordinance (Cap 212).


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