Bunnik, the Netherlands, 12 July 2016 - BAM International, the operating company of Royal BAM Group active outside Europe, has completed the rehabilitation of Ngurdoto primary school in Tanzania. The CSR project was executed voluntarily by the project team that is currently reconstructing Kilimanjaro Airport, northern Tanzania to express BAM’s involvement with the local community. The project was initiated by the Watoto Foundation in collaboration with the Head of School, the District Commissioner (DC) and the District Education Office (DEO).
Eric van Zuthem, BAM International’s Area Director Africa: ‘We are committed to continuously improve operational performance by developing initiatives in the field of sustainability, health and security. The project complies with the Corporate Social Responsibility policy of BAM International to conduct its business in such a way that its values and behaviour are aligned to the expectations and needs of stakeholders and society. Children didn't believe their eyes as they came back from holiday. It was very moving to see what all changed and how fantastic they responded to it.’
Ngurdoto primary school is a governmental school that provides elementary education to between 800 and 900 children. The school was in poor condition. BAM renovated the existing buildings, built new classrooms, added verandas so that children can play outside even when it rains and renovated the school kitchen. A new toilet block and pit latrine facility were also part of the works. BAM paid special attention to facilitate future maintenance, such as protecting the walls from desks by putting wooden strips on the floor. Also all class room doors and the new toilets are made of maintenance free steel.
DEO will provide new teaching materials and ensure continuity in teaching in cooperation with the Watoto Foundation.