Vision and Mission
The mission of The School of St Jude is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha municipality to become moral and intellectual leaders in Tanzania, and for St Jude's to thereby demonstrate educational leadership in Tanzania.
Who Are We?
In 2002 a young lady, Gemma Rice (now Gemma Sisia), from a sheep farm in Australia, opened a small school in Northern Tanzania with the help of her family, friends and local Rotary Club. What started with only three students and one teacher is now a thriving school of over 1,500 students and over 400 local Tanzanian staff. The students and staff are located across three campuses and includes two boarding houses to accommodate more than 1,000 students. These schools really have the potential to influence the quality of Tanzania's future leaders.
Over 90% of the children at the school receive a free education as local and international sponsors individually cover the costs of not only the educational fees but also the uniform, stationery, transport, hot meal, snacks and drinks of each child. What makes this school even more special is the fact that this success comes about due to the group effort of thousands of ordinary people from all over the world coming together to do something quite extraordinary. Individuals, families, schools, church groups and service clubs are joining forces by supporting the school's various sponsorship programs.
Every day staff and students work hard to fulfil the school's philosophy of "Fighting Poverty through Education" helping our students break the cycle of poverty that has gripped their families for generations. Without external assistance these children would be facing destitute lives of bad health, possibly no job or income and no way of helping themselves and those around them. It is only with thanks to supporters that we can open our doors to these children each day.
Gemma with some of The School of St Jude students