The School of St Jude


The School of St Jude is a pioneering leader in charitable education within Africa. St Jude’s provides free, quality education to 1,800 bright primary and secondary students who come from considerably poor backgrounds. The school also supports 100s of graduates with access to higher education and provides more than 20,000 government school students with volunteer teachers each year. 100% of St Jude’s students and scholars are on scholarships.

Located across three campuses, St Jude’s also provides boarding for all secondary students and employs over 300 Tanzanian staff across their Academic and Head Office teams. The school was founded in 2002 by an Australian woman, Gemma Sisia, on the belief that education is the best way to fight poverty. In a country where 70% of secondary school-aged people are not enrolled in secondary school, the chance to receive a free, quality education is life-changing for the community’s most disadvantaged families.

But, the support doesn’t stop there… Beyond St Jude’s (BSJ) is an optional program that enables St Jude’s secondary graduates to give back to their communities as volunteers during a Community Service placement. They then go on to access higher education, supported by our sponsors and donors.

During their Community Service, volunteers personify the school’s vision by voluntarily assisting in government schools, sharing the gifts of their education, or in various placements throughout St Jude’s. Our Community Service volunteers teach more than 20,000 government school students each year who otherwise wouldn’t have teachers for their core subjects like mathematics and science.

Those who successfully complete their Community Service placement may then be eligible to receive a College or Tertiary scholarship to pursue their first higher education qualification, enabling them to become the future professionals that their country needs.