Call to teach entrepreneurship in schools


 “launch of the entrepreneurship book written by one of Tanzanian female entrepreneurs Ms Maida Waziri”

By The Citizen Reporter


Dar es Salaam. Experts have called for the government to consider teaching entrepreneurship in schools as a way of preparing the the children to participate and create confidence among them.

Speaking at the launch of the entrepreneurship book written by one of Tanzanian female entrepreneurs Ms Maida Waziri at the weekend, they said confidence was key in entrepreneurship and young Tanzanians need to develop it early.

The book titled,  “Sauti ya Mjasiriamali: Kesho Yako Ni Uthubutu,” meaning, “The Voice of the Entrepreneur:  Your tomorrow depends on bravery to dare” covers Maida’s life from childhood to creating a niche in the construction industry in Tanzania.

“I have taught entrepreneurship for about 30 years but have never read a book with more reality like this one,” said Dr Donath Olomi, the  chair of The Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED).

“As a nation, we need to consider teaching entrepreneurship in schools for creating awareness and showing how to participate in it,” he added.

Dr Goodluck Urassa from the University of Dar es Salaam said the book had clearly shown that there were no shortcuts in fighting poverty and being an entrepreneur hence asking parents to make sure they train their children to dare.

“Sometimes our children forget where they put their school bag and in most cases parents tell house maids to look for them…That is actually preparing children to be lazy,” he said.

Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries Development Abdallah Ulega who represented the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled Ms Jenista Mhagama said he would present a motion to his colleagues in the government on how best the book will be disseminated to students.

“Students need to learn entrepreneurship from their childhood. If you read the book, we can all be entrepreneurs but the biggest challenge is daring like Maida,” he said.