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Trinity News : July 2010
TRINITY NEWS 29 Katoke Secondary School in Tanzania, a project supported by the Trinity community, is well on the way to fulflling its purpose of providing education to future leaders of this impoverished area. School summary: ´ Katoke School is in its second year with 280 students: 160 in Form 1, 120 in Form 2; an equal number of boys and girls. Students sit for an entrance exam, one in fve is selected. ´ There are seven classes, four general classrooms, the extra three classes temporarily using the staffroom, library and computer laboratory. ´ Head teacher is Sidney Moir, former deputy-head at Inaburra School. Planned building: ´ Funds are available for three classrooms and a girls’ dormitory. ´ Urgently needed for the 2011 intake are two classroom blocks with four classrooms each; a block costs $A60,000.00. ´ Future building to include a boys’ dormitory; a dining/assembly hall. Students: ´ Half are sponsored; some orphans, some abandoned, all are poor. ´ They learn in English, a second language. Many walk long distances to school. ´ They love their uniforms, the frst new clothing they have owned. ´ They express gratitude, go to church and give thanks. ´ Students help at home, digging, collecting frewood and cutting grass. The school is part of the Katoke Trust, set up in Sydney to provide long-term answers to the terrible poverty of this region. It is a Christian organisation and a registered charity with tax deductible status. Its patron is Attorney General Robert McClelland. Contact: Dr Alan Watson a.watson@unsw. edu.au, 9524 0268, or see www.katoketrust. com top: Breakfast of porridge at 11.00am in the makeshift dining area – most have not eaten before and many have walked up to 2 hours to school middle: Maths lesson with Form 1, teacher Victor Mjune Good Progress of African School Venant Angelo | 22nd June, 2009 I ... do give my thanks to your sponsorship and help … especialy when I was admited to the hospital due to eyes problems. I was nearly to die but due to the kindnes and god coperativenes of our headmaster Mr Moir and his wife Mrs Moir, I was greatly treated and helped wel. Therefore I give my positive apreciation for your god placed project of the secondary schol. Thank you very much. I and my felow students at this schol do pray for you to be breathed by God and maintain your heart of kindnes. In Tanzania Swahili is the medium of instruction for primary schools but all secondary schools are English medium. The transition is very diffcult. But, as the letters show, the appreciation of students and keenness to do well is unmistakable. source: www.katoketrust.com Extract from First Letters from Students to Sponsors July, 2009