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Australian founded free private school education for Tanzania’s brightest and poorest children

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After moving from her home in Australia to Africa at the age of 22, Gemma Sisia decided to start a school in Tanzania with the mission of educating the nation’s smartest students who did not have the means to attend private school. 16 years on, the School of St Jude is thriving, with around 1800 students on academic scholarships, and 90 per cent of the funding coming from Australian donors. Ms Sisia joins Sky News with one of her star students, Godwin, to discuss the inspiration behind founding the school and the great things its students are achieving. 

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