The Gemological Institute of America has collaborated with the College of Engineering and Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to give 20 individuals the opportunity to enroll in the accredited jewelry professional intensive program.
GIA will provide a $25,000 grant, which covers tuition cost, as well as the instructor fee, materials, and gemological equipment, including two gemological microscopes.
The three-course program will teach students about polished diamond quality, style and manufacturing features, colored stone identification, and jewelry selling techniques.
“We’re honored to collaborate with GIA as we share the same standards of academic integrity,” Jamidu Y.H. Katima, professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, said in a statement. “This is a valuable opportunity for our local residents and we encourage them to apply.”