The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung Tanzania have signed a project Agreement yesterday at the Commission Headquarters Sayansi Kijitonyama Dar es Salaam to establish the Mwalimu Nyerere resource Centre. According to that agreement, the Centre will be conceived as a semi-autonomous body under the umbrella of Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) with its own organs of governance and with full authority to run its programs.
The agreement also stipulates that Nyerere Resource Centre will provide a forum to organize conferences, seminars and other fora for discussions and debate to advance strategic thinking on the holistic development of the country and the continent, thus honoring the memory and advancing the nationalist, socialist and Pan-African legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere.
Representative of the Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung Mr Siegfried Schroeder (left), COSTECH Director General Dr. Hassan Mshinda (Centre) and Founding Director of the Nyerere Resource Center Prof. Issa Shivji sign Project Agreement about Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre on 2nd February 2015 at COSTECH Headquarters Sayansi Kijitonyama Dar es Saalam
Speaking shortly after that Agreement, COSTECH Director General Dr. Hassan Mshinda said the historical agreement which has been signed aims at using social sciences to find solutions to people’s problems.
Dr. Mshinda said, COSTECH has a mandate role of supporting Research in Tanzania and advice the Government on different development programs.
He said it is encouraging to see Researchers have now started studying about Mwalimu Nyerere and connect his ideas with development issues.
‘’We gave a grant to three Researchers (Professor Issa Shivji, Prof Saida Yahya-Othman and Dr Ng’wanza Kamata) from University of Dar es salaam to write a comprehensive and authoritative biography of Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere” Dr. Mshinda stated adding that in their proposal, the Researchers had an idea of establishing the Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre under COSTECH.
“We funded that Project and today we are signing another Project agreement with the Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung to design and organize the documentation and reading room and to hold and store resource materials generated by the biography project “He said
“COSTECH does not only deal with Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness but it also deals with Social Sciences. The agreement we have signed justifies that we also prioritize Social Sciences “He noted
Meanwhile Representative of the Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung, Mr. Siegfried Schroeder said his organization has decided to partner with COSTECH to support the Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre because they have interest in tackling the question of human development in African countries.
“Rosa-Luxemberg Stiftung aims at securing access to the basic benefits of a self-determined life in the sense of sustainable self-development for each and every individual. We believe through supporting the Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre, We can achieve that mission”. He clarified
Founding Director of the Mwalimu Nyerere resource Centre Prof. Issa Shivji, said Mwalimu was a great Leader whose ideas of transforming Tanzania and the African continent needs to be well researched and documented.
“Establishment of the Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre will provide a forum for brainstorming and strategic thinking on fundamental issues of development through lectures, Seminars, conversations, Workshop and Symposia and occasional publications” Prof. Shivji said insisting that all the material collected during their project and any others will be made available to researchers.