Our New Tanzanian Volunteers

by Dianna

May 7, 2014

We are pleased to introduce our new volunteers for Shika’s after school support centre (ASSP). Rose Bendict Assey and Rosemary Bendict Assey.

rosemary_assey_DMS2200Rose and Rosemary responded to a local advertisement Shika ran looking for volunteers to help with our ASSP. Both girls have a keen interest in the welfare of children and are eager to learn more about the practical operations of an NGO. Rose and Rosemary are 25-year old Tanzanian twin sisters. Rose joins us with a degree in Mass Communication (majoring in public relations) and Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in office administration and Human Resource Management. Rosemary has a wide range of experience in Public Administration in both Government and Non-government sectors. Rose was a Member of Parliament at St Augustine University of Tanzanian Students and worked actively to research and solve student problems. Rose also held the position of Senior Treasurer of UN Chapter Tanzania Network. Rose and Rosemary joined our team in April 2014 and are now permanently engaged to help both with after school tuition and administration.

Rose_DMS2213The girls have generously offered their services with a small re-imbursement of travel expenses. Both girls are highly motivated and great Tanzanian role models for the children. They use engaging learning techniques and take time to understand the children. They are very proactive with their ideas and opinions for our programme and we are very excited to have their input.


Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School – New Shika Students

by Dianna

May 5, 2014

In 2013, 28 Shika sponsored primary school children successfully graduated from Unity Primary School. Shika works with the parents to select a secondary school suitable for their child. There are a number of factors considered including:

– academic performance (many schools require potential students to pass an entrance exam)

– religious denomination

– Schools reputation

– location

In 2014, 21 Shika Primary School Graduates were accepted into Edmund Rice Sinon Secondary School (ERSSS). ERSSS is a Catholic school managed by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, East Africa District, for the Archdiocese of Arusha. The Brothers have developed the infrastructure of the school over the past 20 years. The school now has approximately 1400 students who are spread across Forms I to VI.

One of the unique features of the enrolment is its diversity – students of all races and religions are welcome. Approximately 30 tribal groups are present as well as significant numbers from the following religious groups – Catholic, Lutheran, Muslim, Pentecostal, Seventh Day Adventist and Assembly of God.

All capital developments over the last 20 years have been funded by overseas agencies, mainly the Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia). St Kevin’s College (Melbourne, Australia) Walkathon funds have enabled much of the building development at ERSSS.

Our Tanzanian Team along with Shika Volunteer Dianna Snape visited ERSSS to take some portraits of our students.  I think you’ll agree they look mighty fine and happy at their new school.

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