tna assists communities in Tanzania amid UN’s International Day of Education

Australian-headquartered equipment group Tna solutions has marked the UN’s International Day of Eduction with progress for its work within Africa through its Nadia and Alf Taylor Foundation, writes Neill Barston.

As the company noted, it has taken pride in giving back to communities as a company, including a recent internal fundraising event that has reportedly enabled 10 children in Tanzania to receive education, new uniforms and also food for a year.

Speaking to Confectionery Production at the Gulfood Manufacturing event, company co-founder Nadia Taylor, who explained that the past two decades establishing the charitable foundation with her husband have proved especially memorable and rewarding. Consequently, she added that the company has looked to be as creative as it can in continuing to raise money for communities in Africa, with educational outreach a large part of its work.

She said: “I have just come back from another trip to Africa, and it was such a heart-warming feeling seeing a number of our projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

“Watching the inequality there breaks my heart, but seeing the difference these schemes are making for kids, and how they are thriving in being educated is something that makes me so happy. It makes me feel like working even harder in this business to be able to give more back.”

The African continent has continued to play a critical role for the confectionery sector, with Ivory Coast and Ghana in West Africa providing around two thirds of the cocoa trade, where NGO’s and industry have worked together to continue a drive towards delivering a living income for farmers, as well as major support for educational opportunities, which have increased significantly in the past decade, according to official studies.

For what is the fifth International Day of Education today, UN agency UNECESCO is hosting an event at the United Nations in New York, with the contribution of the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN General Assembly, as well as UNESCO’s Director-General. The first panel discussion will be devoted to the education of girls and women in Afghanistan, where currently, 2.5 million (80%) of school-aged Afghan girls and young women are out of school.

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