Monday, November 18, 2013

Training Nurses in Kilimatinde

Kilimatinde Nurses’ and Midwives,
Training school,
P. O. Box 43,

The Kilimatinde Nurses’ and Midwives Training School is one of the first and oldest schools of Nursing in Tanzania. The school began to offer certificate in Nursing in 1965.


The school offers training in Nursing and Midwifery according to the National Health Training policy. The training syllabus is prepared by the ministry of Health and social welfare (Human Resource Development department) in collaboration with the National council for Technical Education (NACTE). The training duration is two (2) years.

Training situation

Many challenges face this program due to lack of teaching equipment, example books, computers, audio visuals, and inadequate human resources.

Student recruitment

Students from inside and outside Tanzania are selected to join the school based upon criteria set by the government training policy with the minimum qualification being ordinary secondary school education with passes in Biology, Chemistry and Physics/mathematics.

Kilimatinde Nurses’ and Midwives’ Training School has trained many Nurses and Midwives who are working in different health facilities within the country.

The school has a good record for students passing the National examinations.

Although the building now has electrical power, the school faces current challenges:
  • Computer training commenced in November, 2013 with only eight computers.
  • The computer room is not yet well furnished. More computers, tables, chairs, internet access, and improved air conditioning (A/C) are needed.

Number of students

Currently the school has students as follows:



The following are needed:
  • Two large classrooms to accommodate students during class sessions; cost: about 64,129,000/= Tsh
  • Existing dormitories need renovation but two new ones need to be constructed to meet NACTE standards; cost: 272,963,000/= Tsh
  • The school has no library with internet access. We need to construct a library building; cost: 90,701,077.80 Tsh.

Human resources

The school needs faculty and personnel:
  • Teaching staff: four now instead of eight
  • No school matron / patron
  • No office supervisor

For the past few years the school has been suspended from training for not meeting the required standards. After efforts to redress the deficiencies the school is now fully registered with the National council for Technical Education (NACTE), yet we have not reached the standards for the school to be accredited.

To obtain the accreditation status we need:
  • School Library with internet access
  • Improved dormitories
  • Human resources with required qualifications
  • Better funding to run the school


  • We have renovated some of the buildings.
  • We managed to establish the computer room although it needs to be furnished.
  • We have fenced the school. Now students and school equipment are secure.
  • We have improved the toilet facilities.
  • The school has been registered with NACTE.


The school is facing challenges which may hinder training.
  • Lack of transportation
    The school needs a vehicle to transport students to and from the school during their training for field work, etc., and for managerial tasks.
  • Low funding level
    Due to financial constraints, the school fails to reach its goals in projects and in current expenditures.
  • Library
    The school needs a library with internet access and books to keep our selves up to date.
  • We need to upgrade the achievements offered from certificate level to diploma level. To reach this goal we must first fulfill the above mentioned NACTE standards.


I thank all for the cooperation from the Diocese of the Rift Valley and the school workers.


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Bishop John's sermon from 16 December, 2007

Text: John 3:22-36

May I speak in the name of the father, the Son and the
Holy Spirit. Amen.

In the reading from the Gospel of John today, we heard the story of John the Baptist and his disciples. The disciples, offended with the increasing popularity of Jesus' ministry, came to John the Baptist saying that they have heard about Jesus baptising people and that a lot of people are going to him.

Everyone will be interested to hear John the Baptist's response to this question. In his answers we learn four important points:

1. John the Baptist had no jealousy with the increasing popularity of Jesus' ministry. But his disciples were jealous because Jesus was becoming more popular than their master. It is a shame to see this same spirit of jealousy in our churches today. You may see some church members in Africa who want all what are the best to be theirs but not to be for others. They want the best to be in their particular churches but not to be in other churches or denominations. They want to be more successful than others. That spirit of selfishness and jealousy, which was in John the Baptist's disciples, is clearly present in the churches of Africa today! It might be present in other churches everywhere in the world-even here in the Diocese of the Rift Valley. Let us open wide our eyes to have that bigger heart and mind that John the Baptist had, to want the best for all.

2. John the Baptist is portrayed here as a very humble man with humble words. When they said that Christ's popularity was increasing, he answered that 'a man can receive only what is given him from heaven'. Then he reminded them of what he said in the past that 'he [John] is not the Christ'. He then emphatically said that Christ must and will become greater and greater and that he himself will become less and less important until he has completely disappeared. A frame of mind like this is the highest degree of grace we can possess. The greatest saints in history, such as Abraham, Moses, Job, David, Daniel, Paul and John the Baptist were all humble men. Let us walk in their footsteps and long for humility. The way to true honour is to be humble leaders of our families, communities or churches.

3. John the Baptist declares that Jesus deserves the honour and dignity. He teaches his disciple once more the true greatness of the person whose growing popularity offended them. Once more he proclaims him as one worthy of all honour and praise. He speaks of him as 'the bridegroom' of the Church, as 'the one who comes from above', as 'the one who God has sent', as 'the one to whom the spirit is given without limit', as 'the one who the Father loves' and 'the Father has placed everything in his hands'. Let us make an effort in life and death to hold the same view of the Lord Jesus, to which John the Baptist here gives expression. He is worthy of all the honour that we can give him. He will be all in heaven. Let us see to it, that he is all in our hearts on earth.

4. There will always be those around us who have the potential to become leaders. We might have a jealous view because they don't come from the same tribe as we do, or the same denomination or religion, they may be younger or a woman. There are many human prejudices that stop us doing the right thing. May we learn from John the Baptist this day and have the wisdom and grace to see the good in others and do all we can to be encouragers. Amen

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