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Girls' Tanzania Adventure

Monday, 07 September 2015

Twelve Year 10 girls have spent a once-in-a-lifetime and hugely fulfilling summer in Tanzania, helping out at a school and two outreach centres set up by LivLife, a charity run by two Old Boys, Sam Yates and Max Griffiths. The project aims to give children and adults the skills they need to help break away from poverty and live by their own culture. The educational centres provide a free education, focussing on English, French, computing, numeracy and literacy. 

During the course of their visit to East Africa, the girls enjoyed teaching the children English, French, sewing, painting murals and playing games with them and were very pleased to hand over a new laptop and PC projector to Natanywaki Lukumai, the Headteacher at the Meserani Education Centre. Prior to their visit, the girls had worked hard to raise funds to buy the laptop and were generously assisted by Clever IT who co-funded the purchase. One of the highlights of the visit was a celebration of the Tanzanian school’s 10 year anniversary. The pupils also completed an arduous 20km round trip in the heat to reach Ikerim Outreach Centre! 

The trip allowed the girls to fully immerse themselves in African life and provided a real cultural exchange. As part of the trip, they visited the Maasai Cultural Museum, and went on a day's safari to Ngorongoro Crater where they came face to face with lions, giraffes and many other animals. You can recap their adventures by visiting their Twitter feed: @TanzaniaBSGD  You can also watch a film about the girls’ visit here.

The Girls’ Division has previously visited Tanzania in 2013 and in 2011.​

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The girls were delighted to hand over a new laptop and PC projector

The girls were delighted to hand over a new laptop and PC projector to Natanywaki Lukumai, the Headteacher at the Meserani Education Centre

Girls helped out at the educational centres in a whole variety of ways

Pupils helped clean and create a wonderful floor painting