Tanzanian crusader takes lessons from Pietermaritzburg schools

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Gemma Sisia with some of her pupils from St Jude in Tanzania.
Gemma Sisia with some of her pupils from St Jude in Tanzania.

After starting her school with just 10 Australian dollars in 2002, Australian Gemma Sisia’s St Jude now caters for 1 800 pupils in Tanzania.

Speaking to The Witness at Lincoln Cottages in the city, Sisia said she visited four headmasters in Pietermaritzburg to learn from them and apply their lessons in Tanzania.

Having completed her studies in Mathematics and Science in Australia, a meeting with a nun would go on to shape Sisia’s future and lead her to where she is today. Sisia said she was approached by the nun to teach in Uganda in 1995 and since then she has lived in Africa.

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