Coca-Cola Kwanza Ltd on Saturday donated 100 desks to Kibiti District in the Coast Region, an initiative intended to support government efforts towards improvement of learning.
A subsidiary of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa donation worth Sh10 million that was received by Kibiti District Commissioner Mr Gullamhussein Kifu is aimed at addressing the challenges of the shortage of school desks in primary schools in the area.
Kibiti District officials say the donation will benefit three primary schools in the area with acute shortage of desks.
Speaking at the event, Coca Cola Kwanza Director of Public Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, Mr Salum Nassor said the company’s donation aimed at bringing back to the community part of the gains.
“Coca Cola Kwanza objective is to refresh and improve lives of Tanzanians in various sectors including education and this is one of reasons for donating desks to Kibiti District,” he said.
Mr Nassor added, “The desks donated here at Kibiti were made from the pallets made to carry raw materials for making the Coca Cola Kwanza soft drinks. This shows how the company is making efficient use of the resources available for the benefit of the community,”
The Coca Cola Kwanza Director urged other institutions, stakeholders and non-government organisations work together and support the government efforts find solution to community problems.
Speaking at the event, Kibiti Member of Parliament, Twaha Mpembenwe said the donation of desks has come at the right time at the commencement of the new school year with huge number of students’ registration due to free education.
On his part, Kibiti DC Mr Kifu said the donation of desks from Coca cola Kwanza demonstrate the good and healthy relations between the government and the private sector which is benefitting the community.
Mr Kifu insisted that the desks donated to schools in Kibiti District will be an incentive for students to raise their performance.
Since when they launched the initiative of making desks as part of its corporate social responsibility, Coca-Cola has made and distributed over 3,000 desks to various schools.
CCBA is the 8th largest Coca-Cola bottling partner in the world by revenue, and the largest on the continent. It accounts for 40 percent of all Coca-Cola products sold in Africa by volume.
CCBA’s African footprint now encompasses South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Comoros, Mayotte, Zambia, Botswana, Eswatini and now Lesotho. The group employs more than 16 000 people directly, almost half of them in South Africa.