On Friday 9 December 2022, we broke ground on a new school site for boys in Dodoma, Tanzania.
Sister Maria, superior general of the Sisters of Mary, travelled to Tanzania for the ceremony. The land was gifted to the Sisters of Mary by the archdiocese of Dodoma, and the ceremony was attended by Archbishop Beatus Kinyaiya as a representative. The ceremony included a blessing from the Archbishop, as well as speeches from a representative of the Ministry of Education, Josaphat Luoga.
A group of girls from Kisarawe Girls School travelled with the Sisters to Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania, and gave performances in singing and dancing for the gathering.
This ground breaking represents a big step forward for our programmes in Tanzania. The long term goal has always been to add a boys school to the programmes in Tanzania. Now, in addition to Kisarawe Girls School and the Kiluvya Nursery and Training Centre for women, there will be a secondary school to cater for the educational needs of poor, vulnerable boys in Tanzania.
There is very little quality education for young boys in Tanzania and so the new school will meet a desperate need for the additional provision of free, quality education to support the poorest regions. The Ministry of Education has been working closely with the Sisters to support this new school and provide guidance on establishing educational standards.
With support from our donors, the government, the archdiocese, and various groups in Tanzania, work will quickly begin on building the school in 2023. The hope is that the first 160 boys can start their secondary schooling in Dodoma by the summer.
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