BLAZING THE TRAIL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
TRYING to live up to the motto
Usque Conabor ("I will always try") is proving an arduous task
for nearly 500 boys and girls in these early days of the St.
Michael's and St. George's School at Iringa.
In buildings where only a few years ago was virgin
bush, there are so many things apart from their lessons at which
they have to try became they are the pioneers who are shaping for
Tanganyika a tradition in education.
As with all new ventures in young countries, the
Iringa school faces its own peculiar problems.
Perhaps the most important and the one which will lay the surest foundation for
the future is
moulding a way of life that will set a pattern for the country's
No amount of excellence of equipment of apparatus
can speed this end. Theorems, calculations and declensions do
not instill a sense of responsibility. The orderliness or of
maturity that is the hallmark of the English public schools Only
over the generations has this been achieved in England
The staff at Iringa has no magic wand to produce the
same result in a matter of months. Tradition is a delicate plant,
in need of long and careful tending. That is why the children
are finding life on the hard side at Iringa.
They are the ones who are blazing the trail for the
future generations. Somehow, I feel they' are aware of the burden
thrust upon them. I do know that they are accepting their lot
happily and in high spirits.
This was perhaps the most vivid impression that I
gained during a recent 24 hour stay at the school.
There is an awareness among both
the staff and their pupils that as far as
the material things are concerned, they have been given the best
that Tanganyika can afford. Now it is up to each on to help clothe
the cold fabric and turn it into a living place.
The school lies on a hump in a saucer of hills. The
teaching block. modern in design with its classrooms. science
laboratories, workshops, assembly hall and dining hall. is the
central feature rising to three storeys, while the dormitories and
staff bungalows sweep in an arc round two sides. The layout was
schemed on the assumption that the second part of the school - that
sore subject it Arusha - should be built on the higher part of the
hump. To that end, the laundry, hospital and playing fields occupy
the ground between the two parts of the school.
Equipment generally is the most modern. Science
laboratories have Bunsen burners working from premium petrol.