The Registered Trustees of the Water Technicians Fund (RTWTF) was registered in March 2013 under the Trustees Incorporation Act (Cap 318 R.E. 2002) with the certificate of incorporation number 4625 with the sole purpose of providing loans to students enrolled at the Water Development and Management Institute (WDMI). Eligible students who secure admission at WDMI may seek loans from RTWTF to meet partial or full costs of their education. The Registered Trustees of the Water Technicians Fund was established to improve students’ enrolment and enhance gender balance at the Water Development and Management Institute formerly known as Rwegarulila Water Resources Institute. The WDMI is fully registered technical institution by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE). The Institute was declared an Executive Agency in October, 2008 by the Government of Tanzania under the new name Water Development and Management Institute (WDMI) and received full accreditation by NACTE in the same year.
The enrollment capacity of 900 students annually has never been reached at the institution and one of the major contracts to optimal capacity at the WDMI is be the limited financial support from both government and private sponsorship. The WDMI students who are taking Diploma and Certificate courses do not have access to the Higher Education Students Loan Board (HESLB) since they do not qualify in the description of “Higher Education Students” and hence the only public/government funding support available to them is through sponsorship by the Ministry of Water that is provided on a cost sharing basis.
A Loan fund was therefore proposed as one of the means to improve student’s enrollment and enhance gender balance at WDMI. In the year 2013/2014 there were about 240 students who graduated from WDMI however about 6206 Water Technicians in different levels are needed by the government of Tanzania (Ministry of Water’s 2014/2015 budget speech). To fill the gap the support of WTF is needed to enable it increase the enrolment of the students at the WDMI which will need TZ 22.5 Billion to provide loans for 500 students in 5 years.