ENERGY Management Company, Schneider Electric company has launched a Solar Energy Laboratory at the sisters of Mary Secondary School in the Coast region to promote training that combines on-the-job training for nurturing skills for employability.
The company has partnered with the school to launch the laboratory, through its foundation which has supported Sisters of Mary Trust in equipping an Electricity and Solar Energy laboratory for the Electrical department.
Throughout the program, Schneider Electric will also conduct regular upskilling sessions through the training of trainers’ program with the intention of uplifting the teaching methods and competence of local teachers to enhance their skills levels and capacity.
“The lack of well-trained electricians and engineers in the electrical and energy fields is a major obstacle to the successful and sustainable development of a number of regions in emerging economies “, said Carol Koech, Country President, Schneider Electric East Africa.
She added “In keeping with Schneider Electric’s vision for Access to Energy, Education and Entrepreneurship vision, we aim to implement solutions that bring together student training and the professional world closer.
The school was established with the primary benefit of providing care and education to pre-primary, secondary and vocational students from underprivileged communities equipping them with quality education and technical training to break the cycle of poverty.
The school is accredited by the Ministry of Education as a secondary school as well as by the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA).
Sister Merry Jane, Chairman and School Manager at Sisters of Mary School, opined that it is through such collaborations with key players in the Private sector as Schneider Electric, that the country’s technical training landscape can be revamped, and our youth given hope for a decent future of gainful employment.
“The initiative will enhance Sisters of Mary School training capacity enabling us to produce competitive students that easily fit into the development of Tanzania’s economy and at the same time position our institution as preferred destination for young girls looking to remain competitive in STEM Courses in Tanzania” she added.
Through the training centre, the school will focus of training future female artisans and electricians in the field of energy with the total number of female students trained in Basic Electrical Training tagged at 1,200 by the year 2026.