New Zealand teachers are helping fight poverty through education

ESL teacher mentor Di Ward with St Jude's staff
ESL teacher mentor Di Ward with St Jude's staff.

The school bell sounds and hundreds of Tanzanian children pile out of their classrooms as laughter, singing and shouting fill the air. More than 1650 children from impoverished backgrounds from the Arusha region, in Northern Tanzania, are relishing in a free, high quality education at The School of St Jude. 

They’re now closer to realising their dreams compared to those studying in a Tanzanian government school where there are limited resources, overcrowded classrooms and no meals. At St Jude’s, these children are challenging themselves to escape a life of poverty and are focused on becoming doctors, teachers or leaders in their field. 

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