Why do need to Improve Infrastructure

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The Mazengo Campus of St John’s University of Tanzania
The main University campus is on the outskirts of Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania. Its educational history dates back to 1929, when Christian missionaries moved their first school in the area (set up in 1926) from Handali to Dodoma. It was known as the Alliance Secondary school until 1969 when the Tanzanian government nationalised all schools under Nyerere’s Arusha Declaration of Education for Self-Reliance. The school was renamed the Mazengo Technical and Secondary School.

The 54 hectare (133 acre) site was given back to the Anglican Province around 2005. By this time the site had deteriorated dramatically. The buildings were in a poor state, and had been stripped of all furniture and fittings, the boundary fence wire had been removed, some areas had reverted to scrubland, and the sealed access roads had vanished. Some promised start up funds did not eventuate, so finances were and remain tight.

Academic area, showing administration and lecture rooms. These areas were restored with the initial start-up funding

Despite all these problems, the University managed to open its doors in 2007. It has managed to restore the current teaching facilities: these operate at full capacity all week, and there are also evening and weekend classes for post-graduates. It has internet, a fully operational library, and can draw water from its own bore.

Current Campus Residents Access Road

However many problems remain. Due to its long history, many of the services and infrastructure of the Mazengo campus are worn out and in need of upgrading or replacement. For example, Internal fittings remain in a poor state. Toilets are primitive, and plumbing fittings are in need of repair (the water in Dodoma is hard, and Calcium Carbonate deposits are an on-going problem with all plumbing). Electrical systems also need some attention to make them safe. Most of the internal access roads are reduced to dirt tracks, adding to the air-borne dust hazard.

Infrastructural improvements
The well-being of students would be improved by sealing key roads and adding plantings to reduce dust levels. Internally 600 m of sealed roading would help to solve the dust issue. This would cost approximately $US 20,000. Toilet facilities, the sports facilities and the water supply system to the toilets also need upgrading and restoring. Other improvements include beautifying the stream area, and improvements to the water supply system. Some of the electrical systems need restoring to make them safer for staff and students. Additional facilities including shops and more recreational facilities would also improve the campus.

The SJUT Foundation Trust will identify particular priority areas and will seek funding for them.