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July 2018

After a lot of really hard work and dedication Lucy, Poppy, Mara, Annie and Fleur have raised the phenomenal amount of 854.54 to send to schools in Sierra Leone via EWA.

They have already received a special ‘thank you’ from Harry Williams the Diocesan Education Officer in Freetown, quote:

"Special thanks goes to
special friends like Annie, Fleur, Mara, Poppy and Lucy for the fund
raising activities done by them. On behalf of the Diocese and the
Education Department we pray for God's blessing on their lives and as
they go through their education they will excel with flying colors
they will be the head for others to see them and copy their examples.

We thank them all and wish those going on to secondary schools the very best for the future and for those staying, that they might enthuse even more children!

February 2018

Education West Africa - Arundel Primary CE School Fundraising February 2018

Annie’s Determination!!

Five pupils from Arundel C of E Primary School have embarked on three  fundraising activities, which they hope will involve both staff, parents and fellow pupils.

Their names are Lucy, Poppy, Mara, Annie and Fleur and they are planning to have a ‘bake off, a fun run and to sell lovely jewellery and carvings which they chose themselves.

The latter were brought over to the UK by Ansu Kamara, EWA’s ambassador in Freetown, who has been visiting England for the first time.

Education West Africa - Arundel Primary CE School Fundraising February 2018

The ‘Team’ with ‘Head Learner’ (as he likes to be called) Andrew Simpson.

Conference
November 2017

A successful application for a grant from All Saints Educational Trust enabled us to put on a headteachers’ conference in Freetown during November 2017. Since the aftermath of the Ebola crisis all involved in education in Sierra Leone were desperate to improve the quality of teaching and learning. EWA had already put on a headteachers’ conference in Bo during the previous year. This had been extremely well received by the participants.

Education West Africa - Conference Opening November 2017

Bishop opening the confererence.

Bishop Wilson of Freetown had visited the UK a year earlier and had been very impressed by the schools he had visited, especially the way children were involved in their own learning.

He wanted this to be the focus for the conference in Freetown.

Three trustees went out to Freetown in November, Alyson Heath and Rod and Penelope Sharman. Most participants stayed at the conference hotel as it took place over three days...

Bishop Wilson both opened and closed the conference.

The subjects covered were:
 - Why involve children in the first place?
 - Asking questions
 - Assessment
 - Behaviour and discipline
 - School Councils and Mission Statements

It was important at all times for us to be mindful of the cultural differences, i.e corporal punishment. All aspects of the conference were  exceptionally well received! The only complaint being that it should have taken place during the school holidays..

Following the headteachers’ conference in Freetown, the trustees visited the schools that had been very badly damaged by the floods last October. We were delighted to see how quickly and effectively the funds EWA sent had been used. Thank you to all those who helped.
Schools affected were:
Annie Walsh, Bishop Crowther and Bishop Johnson (all secondary schools in Freetown), plus Kent Pre-school and Masiaka Primary.

Education West Africa - Bishop Crowther School roof damage November 2017 Education West Africa - Bishop Crowther School roof damage under repair November 2017
Education West Africa - Conference Members November 2017

Conference members.

Education West Africa - Kent pre-school roof with holes - November 2017
EEducation West Africa - Kent pre-school roof restored - November 2017
Education West Africa - Kent pre-school restored floor and walls - November 2017

Kent Pre-school roof with holes in it (top), and restored (middle) and children in room with restored floor and walls (bottom).

Bishop Crowther School roof pictured after a cotton tree had fallen on it (left) and whilst restoration was in progress (right).

Masiaka School Sponsored Swim
21st May 2017 - the result!

The girls achieved the 100 lengths each which was very impressive! It took them about 1hr 45 mins. David Lloyd Club Worthing was a wonderful support advertising the swim and helping the girls. So far they have raised over  300, however, DL are putting it on their website and they tell us that will bring in more funds. All this will go to Masiaka school in the Freetown area.
 

We are in France at present but will be back in the UK around the 12th July for a few days when we hope to bank more that has been promised to us. Will keep you up to date!

Education West Africa - Sponsored Swim May 2017
Education West Africa - Sponsored Swim May 2017
Education West Africa - Rosie and Maggie

Masiaka School Sponsored Swim
21st May 2017

Two young twelve year old girls are very keen to take on a special challenge and also help  school children in Sierra Leone. They are Rosie and Maggie. Both have worked hard to help other young ones who have very little. Last year Rosie swam 50 lengths and  Maggie climbed Mount Snowdon! Very inspiring young girls who were able to raise several hundreds of pounds between them!!

This year they will be swimming 100 lengths each at David Lloyd Sports Club, Worthing on May 21st. We are so grateful to both of them and also to David Lloyd for hosting this event THANK YOU! All they need now is your help! It’s quite simple………sponsor them and you too can help children in this impoverished country get an education to help them out of the ‘poverty trap’.

The school in the village of Masiaka, just north of Freetown in Sierra Leone, needs a tremendous amount of help as the school building is waiting to be finished and the children have no proper classrooms to learn in.

Education West Africa - Masiaka School 2013 Education West Africa - Masiaka School 2013

The photos above were taken in 2013 and ones below on the last visit by EWA in March 2016. The school is still not finished so at present the church is used to teach some of  the children, but the desks and benches provided by EWA have to be carried across the compound to a small shed and stored there during services every week. This has to be done by primary aged children!”

Education West Africa - Masiaka School  March 2016 Education West Africa - Masiaka School  March 2016
Education West Africa - Masiaka School  March 2016 Education West Africa - Masiaka School  March 2016

Please help and dig deep to support Maggie and Rosie!! Payment can be made through JustGiving or, if you prefer, a cheque to Education West Africa, 3 Anchor Cottages, High St, ANGMERING ,BN16 4AG.
If you are a taxpayer we can also claim Gift Aid if you tell us……and you can get a reduction in tax!

Very many thanks!

Penelope.

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