SGSW delegation at the ceremony at Livestock Training Agency

At the last stage of the visit to Tanzania, the delegates of SGGW participated in the opening ceremony of didactic and diagnostic laboratories in Livestock Training Agency (LITA) in Tengeru.

The Agency is one of eight LITA centers managed by Tanzanian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries. The SGGW has been officially collaborating with LITA since 2016. The Agencies belonging to LITA offer teaching programmes in fishery and animal production.

The opening ceremony of the laboratories was the final step of two-year project launched by the Foundation Science for Development managed by dr Wiesław Ptach (Institute of Environmental Engineering, SGGW). The Foundation rehabilitated, modernized and equipped laboratories which will be used to teach parasitology, hematology and microbiology. The project was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Notable, infrastructure investments are not worth much if there is no substantive support behind them. Thus, the representatives of the Institute of Veterinary Medicine, SGGW (dr Justyna Bartosik, dr Maciej Klockiewicz & dr Marek Kulka) shared their knowledge and skills and delivered some workshops and lectures for both the students and teachers of LITA Tengeru.

The presence of the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr Krzysztof Buzalski, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in Tanzania, Prof. Elisante Ole Gabriel, added splendor to the official ceremony. Once the occasional speeches were completed, the honorable guests officially opened the complex of new laboratories. Next, the representatives of SGGW and LITA lecturers introduced the possibilities offered by modern equipment for research and teaching activities.

The meeting of SGGW delegation headed by dr hab. Marta Mendel, the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation, with the representatives of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries in Tanzania and the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland offered a chance to discuss the perspectives of further collaboration between the Ministry and SGGW, as well as other Universities and research Institutes in the region of East Africa.

The final step of the ceremony included putting a wreath on behalf of the academic community of SGGW in the Polish Cemetery located in the campus of LITA Tengeru. This is where hundreds of Polish refuges were buried. They were residents of a camp in Tengeru which became a home for approximately 4,000 Poles, mainly orphans, who managed to escape from USRR during or shortly after WWII thanks to Sikorski-Majski agreement.