A total of 30 students from Suye and Moshono Secondary Schools in Arusha City under the supervision of technological experts from Korea, are currently building three types of programmable Robots; 1. Danger Robots; to raise alerts during impending occurrences, 2. Rabbit Robots; that moves from place to place picking or delivering items, and finally 3. Obstacle Removers; that will clear roads and other passages, especially during times of riots or disasters.
Esther Seo; one of the project facilitators pointed out that their focus is primarily on ordinary schools where students have little background in IT.
According to reports by Tanzania Daily News, the Robot Making training still limited to Tanzanians in Arusha City, is being undertaken by the E3 (Energy, Education, and Entrepreneurship) – Empower Africa; a technology oriented organization from Korea.
However, since the initiative starts in Arusha City, Korean trainers say they will move to Dar-es-salaam City starting 2018 to impact the same knowledge to students there.
The Suye Secondary School headmaster, Mwalimu Enock Mkumbwa, was of the view that his institution will enter into a two-year contract with Korean experts so that the students and teachers can be trained on ICT.
In a press statement, Executive for E3 Empower; David Kim, said, “Tanzania needs more computer teachers, more advanced software and dedicated ICT programs in schools, if the country is to make better and larger strides in high-tech.”
“Many of the computers being brought in the country are under utilized, and on that Tanzania does not have enough software to make these machines work to their full potential,” he adds.