MTA – Mobile Travel Agents has revealed that the founder of The School of St Jude in Tanzania, Australian Gemma Sisia, will speak at the company’s 20th anniversary conference next month.
The renowned humanitarian will take time out from an official Australian visit to take part in the event being held at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast from 28 February – 1 March 2020.
Announcing the news, MTA Co-Founder and Managing Director, Karen Merricks said Sisia’s attendance at the conference was perfect given her first-hand experience which relates directly to the event’s ‘People Purpose Passion’ theme.
“Gemma is someone who has made a positive difference to so many people’s lives,” she said.
Ms Sisia joins Virtuoso CEO, Matthew Upchurch, Helloworld Travel Limited’s CEO and Managing Director, Andrew Burnes, high profile TV presenter Allison Langdon and singer/song writer Guy Sebastian.
Sisia is pictured with a group of Tanzanian children.
What is The School of St Jude?
The mission of The School of St Jude is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha District in Tanzania to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country.
Poverty in Tanzania is endemic, with 70% of people live on less than AU$2.50 a day. Over two thirds of Tanzania’s children do not attend secondary school and cannot access skilled employment. The government school system is overstretched, under-resourced, and produces poor educational outcomes for Tanzanian society.
St Jude’s provides a free, high-quality education to children who, due to poverty and social pressures, would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. Drawn from families who live below the poverty line, the pupils of St Jude’s are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education. Education lifts people out of poverty and creates stable and growing economies.