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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The School of St Jude stamp series

The School of St Jude, a charity providing free education to some of the poorest of Tanzanian children has launched its first-ever stamp series in conjunction with the Tanzanian Posts Corporation.

The stamps feature the various settings of the school including the brightly coloured buses that can be seen picking up and taking home the 1300-plus students and approximately 330 Tanzanian staff in Arusha, a town close to the worldfamous Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 700 TSH shilling stamp features smiling Prep student Gadiel who represents the 150 new students the School of St Jude takes on each year after a rigorous testing process. The school enrolls brightest of the poorest with a limit to one child per family ensuring the benefits will be widely felt amongst the community.

The stamp series includes two variations of the 400 TSH stamp; one depicting the small classroom sizes enjoyed by students at St Jude's, the other highlights the secondary school that opened in 2009 that also provides free quality education and in 2014 will see the first graduates.

The 600 TSH stamp pictures three happy girls eating a nutritious lunch of vegetable pilau, a traditional Tanzanian dish.

The stamp series is available in all Tanzanian post offices and will promote the schools motto of fighting poverty through education within the country and through the stamps, the rest of the world.