School for underprivileged children in Tanzania issues call for vital support in the UAE

The School for St Jude provides free education to 1,800 needy pupils in the African country

Gemma Sisia, the founder of The School of St Jude in Tanzania with a pupil. Pic courtesy: The School of St Jude

An African school offering vital free education to nearly 2,000 underprivileged pupils has issued a sponsorship plea to the UAE - to ensure 27 youngsters get the chance of a brighter future.

The School of St Jude, in Tanzania, offers all-important support to more than 1,800 bright pupils who would may have otherwise see their access to quality education blocked by a lack of cash.

The free private school has three branches in the East African nation and benefits from global goodwill to fund its endeavours - much of which comes from right here in the UAE.

The school was set up by Australian humanitarian Gemma Sisia, who landed in Africa to do volunteer work for a year back in 1993 at the age of 22, only to end up setting up home in the continent with a mission to bring fresh hope to the next generation.

Ms Sisia started The School of St Jude in 2002 with a class of just three children, and today the school has over 1,800 pupils.

This year’s intake includes 33 Muslim pupils, 27 of whom remain unsponsored. The school is calling for sponsors in the UAE to come forward and ensure that the 14 girls and 13 boys requiring  are able to continue their education. The school already has a few sponsors from Dubai and is hoping the n