March 18, 2015, Former President Benjamin William Mkapa has officially launched the highly anticipated Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre at the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in Dar es Salaam.
Speaking during that event, Director of Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre, Professor Issa Shivji said the centre will be used for research purposes and heritage centre housing copies of some of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s works. He said the centre will allow public access to Mwalimu’s priceless documents.
Former Tanzania President Benjamin William Mkapa admires one of the best photos of Mwalimu Nyerere. With him are the former Tanzania Prime Minister Cleopa Msuya(left) and COSTECH Director General Dr. Hassan Mshinda. Others are Rosemary Nyerere (first left) and UDSM Vice Chancellor Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala (second left).
“The Center has been launched to digitize these documents to make them easily available and reader friendly as well as a preservative measure,” Prof Shivji said acknowledging Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.
He added that the centre will host conferences, seminars and provide other opportunities for discussions and debate to advance strategic thinking on the holistic development of the country.
Prof Shvji also said in order to run the centre; they plan to establish an Endowment Fund and appealed to social security schemes, private firms and individuals to contribute to the fund to help the centre realize its goal, upholding the country’s cultural heritage.
“The centre will provide a dialogue platform for senior experts, politicians and academicians to deliberate burning issues of national interest,” he said adding that the Centre will honor the memory and advance the nationalist, socialist and Pan-African legacy of Mwalimu Nyerere.
He said there are numerous unpublished materials and private documents from prominent public leaders that are not archived anywhere .He further revealed that there was no special place to keep Mwalimu Nyerere materials thus the launched Centre will be the special centre to store all these very private documents which include writings on how the former President resolved national and regional conflicts.
cross-section of people who participated the launching of the Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre. From left is Comrade Kingunge Ngombale Mwiru (first left), UDSM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala, Rosemary and Anna Nyerere and other participants.
For his part,COSTECH Director General, Dr. Hassan Mshinda said Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre is the brainchild of Professors Issa Shivji, Saida Yahya Othman and Dr Ng’wanza Kamata all dons at the University of Dar es Salaam.
“COSTECH provided Research fund to support the social science project of Mwalimu Nyerere Biography which had two outcomes, One, was the book which is in the final stage and the second was the Nyerere Resource Centre, which has been launched.”He noted
He said COSTECH which is mandated to coordinate and promote Research is also responsible for advising the Government in all issues pertaining to Research, Science, Technology and Innovation.
‘’COSTECH doesn’t conduct Research; instead it promotes and coordinates Research, by doing that, it uses Research results to advise policy makers. Every person appreciates a good job done by the father of this Nation, the late Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere. Mwalimu Nyerere had great ideas which we think can be very useful to Scientists and policy makers for Tanzania development.”He noted
He further explained that in order to link ideas of Mwalimu Nyerere and development, Research is inevitable.
“Through Researching Mwalimu’s development ideas in the Centre, People will then critically discuss debate, question and analyse them for implementation.”He emphasized.
Former President Benjamin W. Mkapa (left) admires some of the Mwalimu Nyerere photos. Looking on are the Director of the Mwalimu Nyerere Resource Centre Prof Issa Shivji, UDSM vice Chancelor Prof. Rwekaza Mukandala and Mr. exhibitor of the photos Mr Ardarsh Nayar.