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Stephen Hatch - Tanzania

In Tanzania, to proceed to government-provided secondary education, pupils must pass primary school exams. Many pupils fail these. About 80 per cent of children attend primary school but only 25 per cent make it to secondary school - a huge gulf in learning. Such children, most of whom are academically capable, need a secondary education, and I will be helping to provide this. In doing so, I hope to be able to transform the lives of one of the most vulnerable sections within Tanzanian society.

Mathematics has the lowest pass rate of all subjects within Tanzania at only 15 per cent. I will be working alongside other teachers at St John’s Seminary to improve this across the school. I will also be making sure that we have the appropriate equipment in the school laboratories for use in science lessons and exams.

Call 

Providing education to those who would otherwise have none

Role 

Working as maths teacher and head of the science department and supporting the headmaster and chaplain at St John’s

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I grew up in Cornwall and completed a maths degree and teacher training. I then began looking and praying for a chance to make a difference in the world and a friend told me about Church Mission Society and St John’s. I saw an opportunity to be part of God’s mission and went to Tanzania initially for a one-year placement, which was then extended to two, and now I am returning to continue my work long-term.

I cannot hope to succeed while working on my own; by being part of Church Mission Society I have the vital support that makes it possible to make a real difference in the lives of those who need it the most.

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