Revenue from forest resources helps 300 Lindi pupils

23Jan 2016
Aisia Rweyemamu
The Guardian
Revenue from forest resources helps 300 Lindi pupils

Nanjirinji A village Chairman in Kilwa district, Lindi region, Seleman Kindala, has said that over 300 pupils in the village have benefited from free school uniforms purchased by the village through forest reserve products revenue.

Kindala said the move came about after the village started receiving funds from selling products from the village forest reserve.

The village forest is owned and managed by the village community, who also guard it to ensure there is no destruction to the environment through deforestation and burning of the bush.

The chairman said previously a big number of students went to school without uniforms because the parents couldn’t afford to buy their school necessities.

“This is one of the reasons which forced us to buy school uniforms for each student, spending Sh3.6m for 324 pupils in the village,” he said.
He added that this was a continuous programme to cover all students each year as the enrolment increased

Acting Ward Executive Officer Halid Joseph Bakari said in order to develop education in the village, they had also used revenue from forests to put up school buildings, a house for teachers an office for teachers.

The officer elaborated that previously the village had no school; instead they depended on a nearby school located in Nanjirinji B village. But after starting receiving revenue from Mbumbila forest, which has 61,274 acres, the village decided to have its own school.

He added that since 2012 up to last year the village had collected more than Sh200million as revenue after selling forest products as the village received more than Sh. 60m per year as revenue from forest products.
He elaborated that the village spent Sh 60m on building the school, which now has three classes, and used Sh 24m on the teachers’ house.

Halid Mohamed Nkakaa, a standard seven pupil at Nanjirinji primary school, said formerly he was forced to attend classes without uniform because his parents had no money.

“I felt terrible because some of my fellow pupils had good uniforms, which made me nervous when I was in the company of my mates with uniforms,” he said.

Halid explained that he was now happy because all the pupils at the school had uniforms, thanks to the village leadership which made his dream come true.