‘Elimu ni Ufunguo wa Maisha’ (Education is the Key to Life) This Swahili proverb is on the lips of every student and every parent in Tanzania. Our link has involved schools from the very beginning and parishioners here have played a significant role in throwing open the door to life for thousands of young people in Tanzania. From nursery through primary, secondary and up to high school level, we have become engaged with a life-changing process that is helping Tanzanians to help themselves. This section picks up on the importance of these relationships, highlighting some of our long established links and looking at opportunities for new ones.
The Church in Tanzania has the courage to go against the grain of cultural tradition when those traditions conflict with fundamental Christian beliefs about equality under God. This huge billboard proclaims that ‘They are all your children – why do you discriminate against your girls?’ It refers to the reluctance of some families to give their daughters the same educational opportunities as their sons. Such attitudes (not unknown in our own society until comparatively recent times) are changing and the Church is active in promoting such a change.
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Children in Tanzania start school aged seven. They attend primary school for seven years, after which many have completed their education unless they are lucky enough to get (and afford) a place at secondary school. After that, an even luckier few may go on to college or university. As in Britain, however, many parents see the advantage of preparing their children for school at an earlier age and these youngsters are enjoying their time at Issenye’s Nursery School where they learn to read and write and even to speak a few words of English. They are also very interested in visitors with a camera!
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Grass Cutting Cows
When parishioners Maureen & Bill Jones from Battyeford's Christ the King recently revisited the school they started at Issenye in Tanzania's Serengeti District, they found 20 new members helping to keep the grounds neatly mown. The school's herd of Zebu cattle not only cut the grass, however. They also provide milk for Issenye's 475 boarders, produce biogas (and eventually beef) for the school kitchen and, thanks to the activity of a contented looking bull, are self-reproducing. Bill claims they may be the most productive members of the school!
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