Imagine how different your life prospects might have been if you had been forced to stop your education after primary school. Sadly that is the case for many children in Tanzania. To enter state secondary school, children must pass an exam in English and many do not as they generally only learn in Swahili at primary level. We work at St John’s Seminary in Kilimatinde, which provides education from nursery school to Bible college, including secondary education for young people who might not otherwise get it.
To see lives transformed through the love of Christ, by bringing quality education
Providing primary and secondary education in rural Tanzania
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As a Tanzanian, Festo knows firsthand the difference education can make in young lives. He believes that educating just one child can help transform a whole family’s future. He is head teacher at St John’s Seminary secondary school, which offers education for young people aged 14–19. Grace is head teacher at St John’s Seminary nursery school. It aims to provide good education for children aged 3–6.
As head teacher, Festo is responsible for the big picture for the overall seminary. Together, we want to see a joined-up education system for all students and children from our village and surrounding area getting the best possible education and opportunities they can.
Grace also looks after short-term volunteers at Kilimatinde, conducting inductions and is responsible for all aspects of their pastoral care. In addition, she runs the communication work on behalf of the seminary, interacting with the rest of the world. She also teaches Bible knowledge at the secondary school and preaches and leads worship at the school and parish church.
Festo has been working at St John’s Seminary since 2000. Grace grew up in Cornwall and since her mid-teens has had a desire to serve God. She worked as a youth worker in the UK church for eight years before going out to Tanzania as a CMS short-termer in 2010.
We were married in 2011 and started working together at St John’s Seminary in 2012. We continue to work there now as CMS mission partners with our two boys, Zephaniah and William.
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