St Ignatius School Tanzania links with Manchester students

Left to right: Kevin Lo, Ed Potter, Stephanie Meredith, Rokas Balsys, Ladislav Maluch
Left to right: Kevin Lo, Ed Potter, Stephanie Meredith, Rokas Balsys, Ladislav Maluch

Five students from the Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy are planning a trip to Dodoma Tanzania to spend a month supporting primary school students at the Jesuit St Ignatius School Primary School.

Stephanie Meredith, the chaplaincy administrator, is one of the team travelling out with Fr Tim Byron SJ, the senior chaplain, on 13th June.  She commented “ we do so much here on a local level helping those in crisis [through the student-run food bank] and we wanted to broaden our horizons to wider needs around the world, so students in future could build on this link we are forging with St Ignatius Dodoma, and develop a regular supportive relationship, working together and growing in faith.”  The students will be staying in a Jesuit guest house in Dodoma where the Superior, Fr Jerome Manyahi SJ, is also the Director of the school.

Each member of the team has different gifts and talents and a plan for making a difference during their month. They are all fundraising so they buy equipment  which will be of lasting use to the teaching and learning of the pupils in Dodoma.

Kevin Lo is a biology student and he is planning to offer lessons in human biology and is taking interactive models and teaching tools.

Ladislav Maluch is studying IT and is hoping to improve the IT suite, and its use for more interactive learning

Ed Potter will focus on sports. He plans to take sports equipment and run a sports day.

Rokas Balsys is a sound engineering student and he will record the three school choirs, creating and selling the CDs in order to raise funds for the school longer term.  He will also teach the staff how to make high quality recordings.

Stephanie Meredith will focus on spirituality and prayer focussed  interventions. 

The students are all busy fundraising for equipment for St Ignatius and for their travel costs.  Each has a target of £1000.  “we are going to parishes on a Sunday and offering car washes while people are at Mass “ explains Ed, “this is proving really popular, but we have other ideas as well.”

You can see the team in action in the video below and read more about their aspirations on their blog.  Please pray for the students’ in this endeavour, and support them with a donation via their Just Giving page