Dar es Salaam – Chinese government is set to fund 40 million USD to Tanzania in the building up of a new library at the University of Dar es Salaam.
President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone on Thursday and the library is said to be the biggest in Tanzania. It will house state-of-the-art facility equipped with more than 800,000 books. It will boast a space of 20,000 square meters.
Magufuli said the project is being started at the perfect time when his government is working hard to improve the quality of education in the country.
The mega-library will be 100 percent Chinese government aided project and is said to be capable of accommodating 2,600 university students together at one time.
Former president Jakaya Kilwete appreciated the project as well as the efforts of Chinese government in funding several projects in the country.
Kilwete too was present at the ground breaking ceremony along with Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Lyu Youqing, who commended the efforts of Magufuli and his speedy transformation of the country that aims to fulfil Development Vision 2025.
The Development Vision 2025 aims to develop Tanzania into a middle class economy.
Magufuli said his government is putting all the efforts for quality education in the country and fundihng every month 9.4 million USD for free education.
He added, “Increased enrollment in primary schools have left us with challenges of shortage of classrooms and desks. We request education stakeholders to keep on supporting the government.”