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Learning English in Africa

June 24, 2016

I am in Tanzania, in Arusha and it is a beautiful part of the world.  Did you know that according to the United Nations, Tanzania is in the top 50 poorest and underdeveloped countries in the world.  Yet, as I arrive at the airport, I am welcomed warmly.  Everyone greets me with "karibu" which means welcome.  

My first stop is Peace Matunda Pre and Primary School.  This school is the only english primary school in the area.  All the children are either orphans or come from poor families from the area.  200 students attend this school and the school only has facilities for about 23 children to stay on the premises because they do not have family or their family live too far away.  They love to learn in English because they hope it will give them global opportunities.  

What do you think about schools in Africa teaching in English and not local languages?

Rugare Gomo

My name is Rugare Gomo and I'm the founder of the Gomo Foundation. When I was 16 years old, I convinced an Australian family friend to sponsor me from Zimbabwe so that I could complete my secondary education. Now I am a lawyer and entrepreneur.