Computer Knowledge – A Constant Need

The facts speak for themselves: In the year of 2021 most of the Tanzanians did not have access to a computer at all. Consequently, only a comparingly small number of people has learned to work with computer hard- and software. Mostly these people are well off and have enjoyed a better eduucation.

Even if more and more Tanzanians are buying a computer, so is the growth in number only very slow. Many who could well use it simply cannot afford to buy one. Food, medical care and schooling are still the main concern of most households. And if there is money left by the end of the month, often there is another family member who has come in dire need.

Computers per household, left column, urban; right column, rural.
blue: no computer / orange: own a computer / grey: someone else in the household owns a computer / yellow: don’t know. Source:

But many of those who do own a computer and are working with it need to aquire a routine in working with the standard apps and establishing a well organized filing system.

Help is needed for two sections. Firstly, in the section of school education. Here in Lindi Region, and partially also in Dar es Salaam I have observed that many schools lack functioning hardware and a training concept. Most primary schools do not have any resources whereas secondary and high schools have limited resources, which are not sufficient and cannot be maintained due to lack of trained teachers. Only private and prestigious schools are able – due to the higher budgets available – to offer good computer training. Affirmative action in schools can sustainably improve the situation.

Secondly, in the section of training adults. Especially employees of non-profit organisations need assistans in efficiently handling complex software like office suits, business administration and accounting, internet and media. This is important because it may well determine where the company or organisation can position itself in the market.

By the end of the day the issue is a matter of finance, especially in structurally weak regions like Lindi. In order for financial aid for computer hard- and software to have a sustainable effect, it requires not only money, but professionals in the areas of business organization, computer technology, public relations and media, to train and enable people in these regions to improve their skills, having a lasting and multiplying effect on the region. Are you an expert in one of these fields? Become part of the team and apply for a project opening here or at one of the organizations you know. Not able to go, you can still become part of making Tanzania a better place by donating and helping someone else to go. We’re looking forward to hear from you.

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