I can't wait...

Written by Frida Ngowi | Posted on  26th Feb 2016.

I can’t wait to see Ashura go to school, I can’t wait to see the burden of her hard working mother being relived since she had to work three different jobs so as to be able to send Ashura to school. Most parents struggle so hard in order to find school fees for their children. I can’t wait to see how Ashura is going to benefit from the promise made by President John Magufuli to provide free education to all Tanzanian children from primary to secondary level. For such a long time most of Tanzanian children have not been able to go to school due to various reasons but mainly due to poverty. With the president’s promise a total of 137 billion Tanzanian shillings have been allocated to be spent on education for the year of 2016 and 2017 and despite the challenges around it he still looks forward to double the amount. For that reason a total of 1.3 million pupils have been enrolled for primary school education all over the country.

Education is a right which ought to be accessible to everyone, without any discrimination. It should be free at least in the elementary and secondary stages. Education is a fundamental human right and very important for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. All children must be able to go to school and there by benefit from the same opportunities to build their future. But many children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities mainly due to poverty. Education is a powerful tool by which economically and socially marginalized adults and children can lift themselves out of poverty and participate fully as citizens. Hence, it’s a country’s responsibility to provide it freely for all children and thus enable them to learn to read and write.