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Biannual Newsletter - Jan 2019

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The start of the calendar year provides an opportunity to report on the end of the 2018 academic year and provide updates on the sponsored students’ progress. All students are entering the final phase of their BTP sponsorship.


After a year of hard study, combining teaching experience with evening study and assignments, Ngusa has impressed his course tutor and successfully completed his Teaching Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. Ngusa’s unit results were a string of A and B+ grades highlighting the time and effort that he has put into his studies and his determination to succeed in his chosen field. He will continue to work at his current post in Mwanza but can now use his qualification to launch his career in education. This is a wonderful achievement for an outstanding young man who has been supported by the BTP since his own early years at primary school.


Yusuf has now started his final year of his degree in Education & History at Tumaini University in Dar. His end of second year results were a series of B and B+ grades, including a B grade for the History of Tanzania and a B+ for the History of East Africa. He is now looking to the future and hopes to become a secondary school teacher of History and English. However, he also aspires to “pass on” the work of the BTP by setting up programmes to help disadvantaged children in rural areas of Tanzania, starting with rural Geita. He wants children from the rural villages to have the same education opportunities that he enjoyed, and he will soon be formally qualified to provide that help.


Sadicki is continuing to work hard at his Business studies. He performed strongly in his end of year exams, with A grades in accounting and entrepreneurship and B+ grades in macro-economics, development studies and agricultural economics. He continues into his second year with modules in micro-economics and agribusiness management.


Steven has now started his Wildlife Management course in Moshi. This course leads to jobs in wildlife conservation in Tanzania’s national parks and places on the training courses are hard to get. Steven sent this message to update the BTP on his progress:

It is my first time staying in Moshi. It is very cold here since our college is very close to Mount Kilimanjaro. I arrived at the college on 12th November. It took me two days to finish the admission process and get to know the college. The next week we started the morning runs (mchaka mchaka) and the physical training conducted in the college and in the forest (for about 3 weeks).
We have now finished first semester training. Now we are attending classes with a lot of lectures. Our course is divided into nine different modules. All lectures are being done using computer technology and we have a learning management system whereby all lecture notes, assignments, work and research are being done and submitted online.
The school timetable starts early with a morning run around 6am. At 8am the lectures start. Then breakfast, lectures, lunch and more lectures until 6:15pm. From then it is a personal time and discussion groups. We are learning a lot of things concerning conservation in wildlife. Lastly, I would like to take this chance to say thank you. Until I have reached this point, I am working hard here. The topics are new to me, but I promise to get good grades. Thank you again.

Thank you

The achievements outlined above are partly the result of the young people’s hard work and their determination to make the most of their opportunities. However, they are also the result of donations from BTP supporters who have created these opportunities. Thank you.

Ed Beavington

Previous Newsletters

Jan 2019 - Ngusa does BTP proud
Jul 2018 - End of semester round up
Jan 2018 - Letters from Tanzania
Oct 2017 - Looking forward to the new challenges in the new year
Jul 2017 - Sadicki gains a Division One in his Form VI exams
Apr 2017 - Mock Form VI Exam Results
Jan 2017 - Goodbye, congratulations and good luck to Donald
Oct 2016 - BTP ten years on....
Jul 2016 - Little Yuseph has come a long way and starts A Levels
Apr 2016 - The Banana Tree Project does make a real difference to street children's lives
Jan 2016 - Shija's new job in Mwanza garage - a real BTP success story
Oct 2015 - Doctors, engineers and wildlife management - the wonderful range of careers BTP is supporting
Jul 2015 - Witness now starting in the world of work
Apr 2015 - BTP student appointed Academic Prefect at Lake Secondary
Jan 2015 - A sextet of BTP mechanics
Oct 2014 - Multiple division I results for BTP students!
Jul 2014 - Exam results just in from Mwanza
Apr 2014 - Latest news from Mwanza
Jan 2014 - Witness is top of the class
Oct 2013 - Chacha appointed head of school!
Jul 2013 - The first set of BTP students spply to university
Apr 2013 - Lots more students enroled on lots more courses
Jan 2013 - Form II results are in!
Oct 2012 - Exams, exams and censuses
Jul 2012 - Grades, goody bags & glasses
Apr 2012 - The Banana Tree Project: supporting budding mechanics and prefects alike
Jan 2012 - The Banana Tree Project five years on....
Oct 2011 - Exam results are in and a few words from one of our students - Yusuph Bartholomayo
Jul 2011 - Things are coming along fast at Mt Zion
Apr 2011 - Further plans for Mount Zion Orphanage
Jan 2011 - School reports are in! Plymouth College joins in the fundraising
Oct 2010 - Report of the St Albans sixth formers Mwanza trip
Jul 2010 - St Albans sixth formers plan for Mwanza trip
Apr 2010 - Everything running smoothly in 2010
Jan 2010 - Banana Tree Project to support an additional Mwanza orphanage
Oct 2009 - School results for our Lake Secondary students
Jul 2009 - Banana Tree Project website now online!
Apr 2009 - Banana Tree Project sponsorship funds school meals for orphans
Jan 2009 - 15 new secondary students funded
Oct 2008 - Fundraising updates
Jul 2008 - An interview with Dr Andrew
Apr 2008 - An overview of progress
Jan 2008 - A new school year begins
Nov 2007 - Reflections a year on...
Jun 2007 - Exam results are generally impressive
May 2007 - Meeting Azizi and Ibrahim
Apr 2007 - An interview with William
Mar 2007 - An interview with Rajabu
Feb 2007 - Children start at school
Jan 2007 - Getting the Project up and running