Diane Norton's Tanzania blog

Diane Norton, Schools Adviser for the Education team, is travelling to our link diocese in Tanzania to explore work which has been supported by our dicoese, specifically with schools. The trip will see eight members of our diocese visiting a range of schools across Tanzania.

You can find out more about our link with Tanzania here.

Thu, 07 Mar 2019
Having returned to our day jobs, and thinking that this time last week we were in the Serengeti seeing some of God’s wonderful creation in their natural habitat; it feels somewhat surreal. Here are some of our final reflections on the visit: Rev Maggie: It was a real pleasure to travel with such a...Read more
Mon, 04 Mar 2019
Despite being moved in all of the schools we have visited, this was by far the most harrowing visit. Nyumba Salaama is a safe house presently giving refuge to 52 girls. Eight workers (matron, secretary, social worker, computer teacher, sewing teacher, driver, temporary manager, Melina Galibona and...Read more
Fri, 01 Mar 2019
Bunda Girls school Following yet another fantastic Tanzanian welcome from Deninsia, the Headmistress, three girls from Bunda girls' school were delighted when they received gifts sent from their sponsors at Halifax Trinity Academy. Their school is a boarding school run by Mara diocese with the aim...Read more
Fri, 01 Mar 2019
With us succumbing to the effects of wobbly tums and general exhaustion from all the travelling, it has been a welcome rest this weekend. It was, however, punctuated by two notable events: seeing the sunset on the shores of Lake Victoria and the wonderfully colourful service at Musoma Cathedral...Read more
Thu, 28 Feb 2019
Sad to leave, we were glad to be heading back to the hotel as it was late and the clouds were gathering. Arthur's fear was that if the rains came, the bus would not make it through the mud. Having already had the drama of the flat tyre, some of us were a little apprehensive about the journey back...Read more
Thu, 28 Feb 2019
Along a bumpy road we went. Seeing a collapsed bridge. It brought it home how hard it is to access Ragata. Black clouds were forming and Arthur filled us with confidence “if it rains we must go. The rain will wash the roads away”. Thanks Arthur. As we pulled up to a school children were sat at...Read more
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Our journey (Swahili- safari) to Ragata took an unforeseen turn when the bus came to a halt due to a flat tyre. Now normally, two and a half hours stuck on the verge of a rural road in the African heat would be challenging to endure. However, it lead us to some very unexpected and humbling...Read more
Mon, 25 Feb 2019
At St James Primary School, Friday’s in Tim’s class is known as “Funday Friday”. Who’d have thought this name would have followed us to Tanzania! A very early start ready for a long days travel to Ragata Primary School and a visit to Nyamisisi on the way. The group all said that today would be an...Read more
Fri, 22 Feb 2019
Asante kwa kutukaribisha Written by Ruth Randall and Kate Morrison This morning, the group headed off on a longer journey to one of our more rural link schools, Kinyariri. Kinyariri is the most deprived of the schools we have seen so far and the link school to Ruth from Southdale CE Junior School...Read more
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
From Michael Walker and Kate Wilson On our fourth day in Tanzania it was a privilege to visit two schools whose English counterparts where members of the group. The first visit was to Mshikamano, the school of Michael Walker, Headteacher of Ackworth Howard School. This is a new link that is to be...Read more
Tue, 19 Feb 2019
“Many things” is the answer, but it very much lives in people’s experiences and shared conversations. I am privileged to be in Tanzania with a family of five teachers from the diocese of Leeds visiting Tanzanian schools that are linked with their schools in the UK. So what are the shared...Read more
Tue, 19 Feb 2019
It was amazing to wake up in Tanzania. So much to look forward to and so many experiences yet to come. The team were woken by a fantastic storm during the night apart from group leader Diane (who can obviously sleep through anything!) Leaving Mwanza, the group were overwhelmed by the sights and...Read more
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
Over the last few years, strong links have been forged between schools in the Leeds Diocese and Tanzanian schools in Mara Diocese. Historically this grew from the work being done by Wakefield Diocese. Over time, schools here have helped raise funds for a huge variety of projects to help communities...Read more
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