Welcome to St Mary’s International School in Mwanza

We had a pleasant surprise yesterday morning. The manager of a local boarding school here in Mwanza heard our broadcast from Judith’s house on Wednesday, liked it and called Kiss FM to see if they could host the show. Yes was the short answer. You can see lots of snaps of life at the school here. The kids are very keen to speak to you later. Here’s more about St. Mary’s…

To reach its grounds, you take a long straight drive out of Mwanza, past rice traders drying their produce on the side of the road (see Flickr) and out into the dry scrub land that emerges from the gentle hills and granite boulders that are the mark of Mwanza. It’s hot and flat out there, with few trees and no nearby lake breeze to take the sting out of the sun.
And there, as you rise over the brow of a hill is first the school walls painted with slogans such as ‘quality is our motto’ and ‘education is power’ and then the gates, behind which the school grounds stretch for a kilometre of so. There are low slung dormitories and classroom, a dusty football pitch, several courtyards, a rank of school buses and, crucially for us, a massive dining hall from where we’re going to host WHYS.
They have been very generous to us already. One our visit yesterday afternoon, to our slight embarrassment, class after class was stopped so that I could say a few words and invite the children along. And it really was very strange, and I suppose incredible, when the headmaster kept asking each group, ‘what is the BBC?’ and they’d all say back ‘British Broadcasting Corporation’. There are plenty of schools in Britain where that wouldn’t happen.
The headmaster is assuring me that for today’s show most of the school is going to come. There are, er, 700 pupils. I’m not sure Michael and I have the means to keep them entertained but we’ll see. (Maybe I’ll do a few Justin Timberlake covers between callers.) I’m not quite sure what they’re expecting, but they are extremely excited about it all, especially the idea of you all listening them around the world.
First impressions suggest the school’s claim that it is ‘the choice of tomorrow’s nation’ is not far-fetched. They are bright, funny and well-armed with enough ideas, opinions and dreams to make the show their own. So please tune in, join the class, hear what they have to say and make their day by sending your thoughts on what you hear. If you’re really keen, you’re very welcome to send them questions about their life and their ambitions now, and we’ll get you some answers.

9 Responses to “Welcome to St Mary’s International School in Mwanza”

  1. 1 Mark from kansas
    July 11, 2008 at 07:44

    Focus learn everthing you can. Hold your leaders accontable for their actions. Stay Alive. Your mind is more important than you appearance. The kid you are picking on today is the one who will help you improve your life the most. Love don’t hate. Listen more than you talk. Learn to grow food. Do not buy a car, they are only trouble. Your parents are right, not matter what. You are not in control of anything, only yourself. Do what you know is right.

  2. July 11, 2008 at 08:55

    Hi to all students!
    I have a question to Ask!
    Why is it student’s fail in Exam in Tanzania? is it because of lack of enough teachers?or Students inability to be very serious in their Studies?

  3. 3 Bob in Queensland
    July 11, 2008 at 12:05

    Greetings from Australia to all at St. Mary’s School!

    A question I’d love to hear the student’s thoughts on is what they think is the future of Tanzania? Despite being surrounded by countries like Rwanda, the D.R. Congo and Burundi, Tanzania has managed to maintain a modicum of stability. Will this be able to continue and will they be able to capitalise on their country’s resources (not least of which is its natural beauty) to develop in a way that benefits all Tanzanians?

  4. 4 selena
    July 11, 2008 at 13:01

    Greetings from Paris to St. Mary’s International School!

    The description of the way to the school and the school itself is marvelous. I can imagine how wonderful it must be there.

    My questions: do you feel close to the rest of the world? Does having the BBC there help you feel closer?

    Have fun! Enjoy the nanoseconds, for life is made up of a succession of nanoseconds linked from past to present in anticipation of a promising future.

  5. July 11, 2008 at 15:10

    good for you ros. it is great that you care enough about the children to bring them to us. my advice to the children, have fun. the GOD loves you and cares about each and everyone of you. you are special and have an important purpose in this beautiful world. GOD bless you with a wonderful day.

  6. 6 steve b - uk
    July 11, 2008 at 15:34

    Hi to you, Ros and all the wonderful children. The photos bring colour, sunshine and energy into my living room here in the UK.

    I would like to ask the children what would be their ideal future. Job? Family? Lifestyle?


  7. 7 viola
    July 11, 2008 at 15:57

    Greetings from Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

    Your school is beautiful.

    My question is: How are students selected for attendance at this wonderful school?

  8. July 11, 2008 at 16:36

    I was most impressed by the smiles of those children at the school, thanks to the photos of their school. Thanks to the world being a global village, Ros and his crew can now be seen at this school in Tanzania. I am happy for these children,

  9. July 11, 2008 at 19:36

    i am rahim born by nig and gha parents but in accra.i will like to say that,its the rich that pay bribe,thats why u always see the children of the rich in d hi offices,while the poor children who knows will dable into being,taxi drivers etc,it happens in nigeria where i iam from.

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