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Students raise £700 to help educate youngsters in Africa

A fantastic sum of £700 was raised by students for the College’s international charity, EducAid.

The money was presented to EducAid director Miriam Mason-Sesay who visited College to give a hard-hitting but inspiring talk to students about life in Sierra Leone for young people.

The special presentation marked the end of Black History Month, which saw various events run by the Student Council in College.

Miriam, who has been awarded an MBE for her outstanding contribution to education and charitable work in the African country, has been at the helm of EducAid since 1998, helping the very poorest children gain access to an education.

The charity emerged from the Rebel Wars of the 1990s through the insight and commitment of two students who “needed to do something” - and so they did! Miriam, the sister of one of those students, gave up her job as Head of Modern Languages in a London school to go to Sierra Leone, the then poorest country in the world, and start the first of the 11 schools and girls’ Safe Houses that the College now helps to support.

During the presentation she told students that EducAid works on the principle that education is the key to the elimination of poverty. She spoke about the devastating floods and mudslides of just a few weeks ago and also told of the struggle to empower women in under-developed countries like Sierra Leone, where there is political corruption and female genital mutilation.

She was thrilled with the £700 which she said would pay to fully educate three children for a year: “This money really does make a difference. Every penny goes towards the education of an oppressed child. We are trying to give people a chance to live like humans,” she said.

Pictured above is Miriam and EducAid student Kofi, receiving the cheque from Taonga Msisya, Leader of the College’s student BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Group.

Pictured right are College Student Council members Taonga and Charles Innes helping to raise money and awareness of EducAid in the College Atrium with Learning Plus Co-ordinator Claire Hackett..