Educating Tanzania=s future
by Marijke Walker
Gemma Sisia and her team at the School of St. Jude are committed to educating Tanzania=s future leaders. Since the school=s first classrooms were built less than three years ago, teachers and volunteers have worked to educate gifted yet underprivileged children. Today, these children number more than 400.
Students are taught in English by highly qualified and dedicated Tanzanian and volunteer teachers from abroad. They are encouraged to think critically and develop independent thought.
Gemma and her team want all students to complete their education and be leaders in their fields.
AOur students want to become teachers, doctors, pilots and even the president@, said school Founder and Director, Gemma Sisia.
The School of St. Jude=s commitment to its students is long-term. For Gemma, this is her life. Her devotion to the students and the school is total.
The school of St. Jude survives on financial support from donations and sponsorships. There is no government assistance.
80 per cent of the school=s students live in poverty and do not pay to attend school. Without funding, dedicated teachers and volunteers, these intelligent and personable children would not be able to attend school.
These students can lead fulfilled lives and create a nation of wide decision makers.
To enhance the children=s critical thinking and lateral problem solving, the school has installed the Internet, thanks to Habari Node Marie Society. Also donations have helped to build a 50-metre library (Not 50 million shillings) as quoted in last issue of the Arusha Times).
For more information, contact Gemma Sisia at firstname.lastname@example.org