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[01/11/12]   St Gasper; a clear picture of what we want of Ghona Academy. read the posting below to understand our engagement with the community.

11/01/2012

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St Gasper ": a hidden rural education jewel Send to a friend
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By Erick Mchome

Seven kilometres from Dodoma, lies the tiny village of Miyuji. Here, three years ago, some missionaries ventured forth to set up St Gasper Primary School – an international English medium school that now stands as a beacon of hope to hundreds of poor villagers through the provision of affordable quality education.

As one enters the school gate, the impression you easily get is that of a college or an international high school hidden in the village. From the attractive buildings, the clean environment to the lively pupils dressed in light blue shirts and blouses and light green skirts and shorts, the success of this unique rural school is apparent.

Some missionaries established the school in September 2007, with the aim of providing an education that meets international standards to the marginalised villagers. The school started with 63 pupils in nursery. Today, the enrollment has risen to 526 pupils from Miyuji village. To many of the villagers, the school is their ticket out of poverty.

“As missionaries, our aim is to provide affordable quality education to the village children so that when they grow up they can help themselves by getting better jobs and good life,” says Father Timothy Coday, the school manager.

According the American missionary, the school charges only Sh5,000 per month, which the majority of the poor Miyuji population can afford. The school also provides for each pupil, two pairs of uniforms at the beginning of each year, as well as breakfast and lunch. Parents are required to pay the Sh5,000 and provide green sweaters, socks, and shoes for their children.

Almost 90 per cent of Miyuji villagers are poor, and even the small amount may be hard to get. But the school has come up with options for parents who cannot meet these requirements. They are allowed to do some piece jobs at the school in exchange for a receipt that shows they have settled the fees.

Over the years, the Missionary of the Society of the Precious Blood-run school has built a comprehensive curriculum targeted at helping boost the rural pupils’ self-confidence and independent thinking. The school combines the Tanzanian and Canadian curriculums, and according to Father Timothy, this is aimed at ensuring the pupils have international exposure.

In nursery, the school uses the child-centred and child-directed Montessori system, an internationally recommended method of teaching young children. The pupils learn by doing, and the lessons encourage exploration and independence. Only a few and mostly expensive private schools in Tanzania offer Montessori teaching.

Promote a reading culture
In addition, the pupils are required to read at least one book every month to promote a reading culture. The books provided by the school are not in the curriculum. The pupils’ English speaking competencies are evidence of the school’s success story in promoting a reading culture.


The school’s popularity has gone as far as Dar es Salaam, from where an increasing number of parents are coming to enroll their children, according to Father Timothy. However, the school’s priority is admitting pupils from the poor village.

To ensure, it’s the villagers who benefit first, Father Timothy says they embark on a door-to-door exercise, registering pupils from the village.

“There were times we had problems with parents who were attempting to bribe their way into the school, and the other time we were forced to make a difficult choice of picking only 90 out 600 pupils who were outside the gate seeking enrollment,” says Father Timothy, in an apparent reference to how popular the school has become over the years.

Though the government has asked the school to increase the number of pupils in each class to 60, the missionary says the management has decided to keep the number at 35, which is manageable and creates an environment that is conducive to effective learning.

Brother Anthony Canterucci, the country director of the Missionary of the Society of the Precious Blood, the school provides a solid foundation for higher education for the poor villagers.

“How can we think of having better secondary schools and colleges while we have poor primary schools. We thought it is better to have a good start from the foundation, that is why we established this school,” he says.

Plans are underway to build a secondary school to cater for pupils who complete Standard Seven at St Gasper Primary School.

“We don’t want the pupils to end their education here due to lack of fees for their secondary education because the purpose is to see them continue up to university,” says Father Timothy.

A businessman in Miyuji, John Nollo, praises the school for making quality education accessible to the poor villagers but wishes the places to study are increased.

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[10/21/11]   graduation ceremony for Pre-primary class which is joining grade 1 next year is tentatively set to be on 30th November 2012

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Giving to Ghona is now fast, easy, and tax deductible! Just visit http://www.ghonaacademy.com/#!donate

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[08/13/11]   The "Education for Everyone" benefit was a huge success! $1,000 was raised for Ghona Academy! A special thank you to Khimen Cooper McCoy and Cas Haley for all the time, effort, and love that they put into the project!

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We still need $230 for the month of March so that Ghona's four teachers can be paid before the school lets out for Easter break. Give online at www.ghonaacademy.com

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[03/06/11]   Ghona Academy received $500 in donations to cover February's budget! Thank you to all who gave so that the teachers could receive payment and the children could continue with their education!

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Ghona Academy is HALFWAY to its fundraising goal for this month. Visit our website www.ghonaacademy.com for photos, more info and to make a donation. $15 will go a long way!

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