By Augustine Mbitila
Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Mwanza Campus which will be transformed into Centre of Excellence in Leather Processing and Allied Technologies (CELPAT) continue to increase its visibility through publicizing its programmes and products through exhibition participation. On 17th February 2022, during the 1st graduation ceremony of DIT Myunga Campus, located in Momba District in Songwe Region, DIT displayed innovations and technologies articles so as to inspire school students especially girls and neighbouring communities to admire and pursue science subjects. DIT Mwanza Campus showcased Leather products, example, leather footballs, travelling bags, belts, and footwear manufactured by graduates to schools and communities.
(Left to Right). DIT Mwanza Campus Instructors and students visitation to SMEs and Footwear manufacturing centres as part of training.
Further to the exhibitions, students and trainees are given opportunities to visit leather industries, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) manufacturing leather goods and footwear for the purpose of enhancing their practical understanding of the subject matter and capability for self employment.
On the aspect of good governance and management strengthening, continuous capacity building training to Project Implementation Unit (PIU) are conducted to PIU members. Recently, CELPAT PIU members participated on training for Direct fund (D-Fund) which took place in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, in Dodoma region, from 19th to 21st February 2022. D-FUNDS means Direct to Project Funds. The Ministry of Finance and Planning has developed D-Funds Management Information System (MIS) which is a web-based software aiming at managing resources that are channelled directly to the Implementing Agencies, and hence, seemed useful and helpful to facilitate faster project expenditure approval and controls for ineligible expenditures of Project Funds contrary to contractual procedures.
The Writer is an Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for EASTRIP at DIT Mwanza