Jesuits first arrived on the African continent in the 16th century under the direction of St. Ignatius himself and travelled to present-day Ethiopia.

The Society of Jesus in Eastern Africa was formally established in 1986. The Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia,

Fr. Luyembe Sosthenes, "Sossy", plants a tree at the time of the school's groundbreaking in early 2009

Tanzania, and Uganda were joined under one superior and called the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus.

Wherever they have gone, Jesuits have established schools, refugee services, and other social works, so this new province immediately set about opening schools. The first school was established in Wau, Sudan. Soon a decision was made to build a high school in Tanzania; the result was Loyola High School in Dar es Salaam.

The Jesuits arrived in Dodoma at the invitation of Bishop Joseph Mathias Isuja in 1976. Since that time they have served the faithful at Kiwanja cha Ndege, the Airport Parish. The parish has served as a foundation for many social works serving the needs of the local community. One important initiative was the foundation of Saint Ignatius Primary School, an English medium school. The Our Lady Queen of Peace Foundation of Canada has been the principal partner in this important work. During a visit to the school in 2006, members of the family who established the foundation enquired

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about where the primary school’s graduates would attend high school. Upon hearing that secondary education is presently limited to so few in Tanzania, they set about addressing the need by partnering with the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus in establishing the Our Lady Queen of Peace Educational Centre, to include not only St. Peter Claver High School (Forms 1-6), but also a two-year trades school, and a teacher-training institute.

Ground was broken in the spring of 2009 with the present bishop of Dodoma, Most Reverend Father Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa’ichi, OFM Cap., imparting his blessing. St. Peter Claver High School began with 140 students in Form I in January 2011.