Technical College Arusha
|Head of computer section:
Mr. Olympa Lema. BSc
Technical College Arusha, Nairobi
P.O. Box 269, Arusha - Tanzania.
About the TCA
The College's computer room
Neighbour kids visiting
Staff using the internet
The other day these
neighbour kids, standard 7 pupils, walked in and asked for internet access
. . .
|Some of the
students from outside the college who come for a short course in computer
studies – here they are using the internet facility
Vice Principal Mr. Sambayukha
making use of the internet
College Arusha was inaugurated in May 1978. The College was established under an
agreement of Technical Co-operation between the Governments of Tanzania and
Germany to build and equip the college with the necessary facilities for habitation and
The main objective of
the college is to train technicians to the level of Full Technician Certificate
(FTC). The college has a capacity of 471 students. Main areas of training are in
the fields of Automotive, Civil, Electrical, Highway and Mechanical Engineering.
Most members of staff have had training in leading institutions in the country
and abroad. The college draws its students from all regions in Tanzania who have
a technical or science bias and passed very well in their O-level examinations.
The selection of students for the courses is done by the Ministry of
Science, Technology and Higher Education in collaboration with Ministry of
Education and Culture. Applicants from other countries may apply through the
Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
The college also offers
part time courses such as Computer skills, Technical Secondary Education, Auto
Mechanics, Machine shop Technology and Electrical Installation. In addition to
this the college offers various consultancy services.
|To contribute in evolving
a high level human resource to cope with Scientific and
Technological development, application of technology and its
effective utilization nationally and internationally.
|To train high quality
technicians at FTC level and to promote the development and
application of Science and Technology.
|The main objective of the
college is to train students to the level of Full Technician
Certificate (F.T.C) However the specific objectives are:
|To provide adequate technical
education training at FTC level. |
|To impart technical skills and
attitudes that enable technicians to be employed or
|To encourage industries adopt new
technologies for sustainable economic development. |
conduct and promote scientific and technological research and
The computer room is essentially the college's computer centre. It offers
services to various categories of people, groups of people in various
aspects of Information Technology.
main activity here is training, categories trained so far include:
time students of various ages and
especially those who will have finished secondary education while
awaiting placement elsewhere.
quite some time we acted as trainers for Hans Seidel Foundation,
now the Arusha Hotel Training Institute at Sakina. Training initially
the teachers and then the students in computer applications until they
got their own computers.
the retrenchment exercise
quite a number of those retrenched were trained here in computer
applications and some were rehired as a result of having acquired the
Council during its Links Coordinators Workshop conducted here at
Arusha requested a two days training for its 56 participants
especially on the use of the Internet and how to send and receive
e-mails. The participants were drawn from various Secondary Schools
across the country. There were a few Primary Schools represented. The
intention was for each of them to own an e-mail address and be able to
use the internet to access a resource website in UK and communicate
over the internet.
Technician Certificate Students at Technical College
Arusha. As part of their training Computer Applications is
incorporated in the second year curriculum for one year. The number of
hours so far allocated for computer applications is to short due to
constraints on the timetable. This is a group using the computer room
on a continuous basis throughout the year.
Open University of Tanzania
practically evaluates its respective students using the computers
in our computer room. Where applicable students use the internet to
justify their projects.
of the Internet connection
internet facility so far is confined to the computer room room. Teaching
how to use the internet has therefore been incorporated in the basic
training of computer applications at no additional costs.
internet is extensively used by people in this community, students,
teachers and neighbours as a communication tool.|
availability of the internet connection has certainly been of added
value to TCA community.|
are those who use the internet purely for communication purposes.|
teachers have used the internet to find learning institutions, and
secured sponsorship for training.|
members of staff have been looking for specific field-related
information on the internet.|
students have been using the internet to look for places for further
training and quite a few searching for educational material related to
their field of study.|
overall challenge here is to have teachers assign the students tasks that
will steer the students towards looking for possible solutions from the