Imagine if your education had to stop after primary school. How different would your life be? In Tanzania, to proceed to government-provided secondary education, pupils must pass primary school exams. Many pupils fail these. About 80 per cent of children attend primary school but only 25 per cent make it to secondary school - a huge gulf in learning. Such children, most of whom are academically capable, need a secondary education, and I am helping to provide this at St John’s Seminary, transforming the lives of one of the most vulnerable elements within Tanzanian society.
Providing education to those who would otherwise have none
Working as maths teacher and head of the science department and supporting the headmaster and chaplain at St John’s
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Mathematics has the lowest pass rate of all subjects within Tanzania at only 15 per cent. I am working alongside other teachers at St John’s to improve this across the school. I am also making sure that we have the appropriate equipment in the school laboratories for use in science lessons and exams.
Alongside my teaching role, I am also working with the school chaplain, helping to lead the church services at the Seminary and managing the team of pupil volunteers who preach and help out. I also speak in the morning services once a week (sometimes more if the chaplain is away as I cover for him).
I grew up in Cornwall and completed a maths degree and teacher training. I then began looking and praying for a chance to make a difference in the world and a friend told me about Church Mission Society and St John’s. I saw an opportunity to be part of God’s mission and went to Tanzania initially for a one-year placement, which was then extended to two, and I have now returned to continue my work long-term.