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Technical College launches gem cutting course

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Elimu (Education Forum)' started by utemi, Aug 20, 2012.

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    utemi Senior Member

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    Arusha Technical College (ATC) in collaboration with a Canadian Institute, Canson, has established a new one-year programme on gemstone cutting and polishing. The course officially starts in September this year.

    This was revealed at the end of the week by ATCÂ’s Public Relations Officer, Gasto Leseiyo during the just ended Nane Nane farmersÂ’ show held at Themi in Njiro area.

    He said the programme is expected to take off with 30 students and at the end of the one-year course graduands will be awarded with certificates. During the course students will be imparted with the skills to cut and polish gemstones ready for export.

    They will also learn to identify varieties of gemstones and where they are found in the country.

    Already the college has received a number of applications for the course and those to be admitted will pay a fee of Tsh.593,400 per year while other expenses will be met by the government.

    The college has acquired adequate machines needed in running the course. Facilitators will be drawn from the mining sector across the country.

    The course will be offered within the ATC campus as well as at the premises of the Mines offices in the Northern Zone which are also located in Arusha.

    The introduction of the course is expected to save the country billions of shillings as gems like Tanzanite have for many years been cut and polished in India. Mr. Leseiyo said about US Dollars 30 million had been spent in the past four years to cut and polish Tanzanite abroad.

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    massai JF-Expert Member

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    Colification,educatio level to join,please.!