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Benson Security Systems joins fight against poverty

Local company joins the fight against poverty in Tanzania.
Benson Security Systems Managing Director Nadeem Moh’dhussein is excited about supporting science at St Jude's.
Benson Security Systems Managing Director Nadeem Moh’dhussein is excited about supporting science at St Jude's.

The School of St Jude has a powerful ally in the fight against poverty, with Benson Security Systems teaming up to educate more than 1800 of Arusha’s poorest and brightest students.

Arusha-based Benson Security Systems will support the innovation of some of the region’s most passionate budding scientists by sponsoring The School of St Jude 6th Annual Science Fair on April 23.

“BSS focuses in providing state of the art technologies and we believe in supporting innovation, especially here in Tanzania,” Benson Security Systems Managing Director Nadeem Moh’dhussein said.

“I would love to see a student from this Science Fair go on to create the technology that will help our clients in the future.”

The School of St Jude provides a free, high-quality education to more than 1800 of the poorest and brightest students in Arusha. These students are fighting their way out of poverty, with last year’s inaugural Form 6 graduating class finishing in the top 10% in Tanzania.

The annual Science Fair has become a key part of the school’s philosophy of generating future leaders, with a winner each year competing in the national Young Scientists Tanzania competition.

Bight future: Last year's winners, Venance and Martin (pictured), won a national prize at the Young Scientists Tanzania competition in Dar es Salaam.
Bight future: Last year’s winners, Venance and Martin (pictured), won a national prize at the Young Scientists Tanzania competition in Dar es Salaam.

These winners have gone on to great things. Liston, who won the Science Fair in 2013, was awarded a scholarship to the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, where he studied alongside the continent’s top scholars.

Benson Security Systems is a leading provider of innovative security solutions and has worked on many major projects, including the Kilimanjaro International Airport.

The company is sponsoring the TSH 1.6 million in awards on the day, with TSH 250,000 going to the overall winner.

Schools from across the region are invited to attend and present projects that will help the community.

“BSS and the entire Benson Group of Companies has a rich family history here in Arusha and we’re proud to support a school that is doing such positive work in our community,” Mr Moh’dhussein.

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