Dear Friends of St Charles,
Warm greetings fromSr. Jansi, Sr. Litty, Sr. Celine and all the sisters in Iringa.
Hope all is well with you and the Africa group.
We are all keeping well.
Just to give you some news about school before I journey to Dodoma tomorrow.
In 2017, we have had some transfers of sisters, hence Sr. Anita has gone to formation in Morogoro, and Sr. Litty George has taken up the school as Headmistress, and Sr. Madhu Kumari to assist her, with Sr. Celine as Manager.
What is more is that the school had mass to start the academic year, celebrated by Fr. Freedie SDB, and the students have elected new leaders for classes and houses and school. The new leaders have taken oaths to do their responsibility
On the 18th Feb we had meeting with parents in which many issues like academic status, in order to have better performance, health status of students, advising parents to keep their children clean and give nutritious food, delay in parents paying school fees affecting the administration negatively in the running of the school, etc. were discussed. Unfortunately, we have not kept a visual record of this meeting.
les soeurs vont bien.
Il y a eu beaucoup de demandes pour entrer dans l’école d’Iringa.
Il y a eu les élections des délégués et des nouveaux statuts ont été élaborés.Une réunion a eu lieu avec les parents pour leur rappeler le fonctionnement de l’école.
Preparing students for the oath taking ceremony
les enfants se préparent pour prêter serment
Getting ready to move to the hall for the ceremony
Students in the hall
Mass to pray for the wellbeing and success of the mission
les enfants priant pour la réussite de leur mission
This year the Salesians of Don Bosco have come up with a project for teaching children through digital means.
Teachers being trained for profuturo
Les salésiens sont venus développer un projet avec l’école. Une ONG espagnole a donné 48 tablettes aux étudiants de l’école.
This project is funded by Profuturo, a Spanish NGO, in partnership with the Salesians Mission in Madrid and is implemented by Don Bosco Networks Tanzania. The project is line with the Holy Father’s vision of strengthening education and giving pupils in developing world equal opportunities as those in the developed world.
The pilot project will introduce digital technology into current educational system to improve the learning experience. Through a digital platform, primary school instructors will be able to deliver lessons using modern teaching aids such as online systems that allow students to access training content through their tablets. Teachers will, on the other hand, access relevant training materials, closely monitor students’ performance to offer needed support to weak students.
They have launched this programme in four regions in Tanzania, namely, Dar es salaam, Dodoma, Morogoro and Iringa. And fortunately, we were also chosen by the organization. The programme was launched in Mafinga- Iringa region on 16th March 2017. Sixty students and three teachers from our school participated in this ceremony. Our school has been gifted with 48 tablets with a laptop for teacher use.
Environment and Health Care:
Le gouvernement a demandé aux élèves de planter des arbres dans le cadre de la préservation de l’environnement.
Un prix sera attribué au meilleur projet.
Le gouvernement a promis de donner des filtrer pour l’eau dans chaque classe.
We also received fifty saplings from the municipal office on 17th March 2017. The inspectors from the Environment office visited us and were happy. The trees are planted and are taken by the students with the help of their teachers and sisters. Our students are getting prepared to take part in the essay competition on ‘Environment Preservation’. We are hopeful that our school will win a prize.
We have also been promised by the government drinking water filters for each class. We shall update you soon with the happenings of the school.
Need of the school: Les besoins de l’école
Pre- primary section in the assembly ground
les élèves dans la cour
The school has outdoor play items but they are scanty compared with the number of students. We have 218 students on roll in pre-primary and next year we will have even more students.
Children on the playground, and, buildings behind are of the technical school
We also run short of toilets which is the most urgent need of the school. There are only four toilets for the whole pre-primary school. Even the teachers have to share the same. I haven’t yet got the quotation for the same.
L’école ne possède que 4 toilettes pour toute l’école primaire et les instituteurs.
Children waiting for their turn in front of the toilet
Les enfants attendent leur tour devant les toilettes avec leur institutrice
Children with their teacher at the toilet
As you know, our school is only fenced. Now there is also an urgent need to build a wall at least on one side. This is because our neighbours have built a Polytechnic Boarding School next to our school and students from there keep peeping into the classrooms while our students are in the class and this disturbs their concentration. We are also worried about their safety while they are in the classrooms as these boys keep moving about most of the time.
Il y a aussi un besoin urgent pour construire un mur.
Les élèves de l’école voisine viennent distraire nos élèves alors qu’ils sont entrain d’étudier en classe.
May God Bless you and your Generosity and reward you in abundance.
Sr. Litty George