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University of Leicester student leads school-building expedition to Ghana


Published by University of Leicester Press Office for University of Leicester in Communities and also in Education

A student from the University of Leicester is calling for volunteers to sign up now for a school-building trip to Ghana, taking place on the 15—29 August 2014. 
The two week trip, organised by TEACH (Time to Empower Africa’s CHildren), will see volunteers build a new school at a village in Ghana, and teach summer school classes such as storytelling and art.
New schools such as these will be of great importance to children in rural villages, who often have no choice but to attend schools that are often poorly built and unfit for purpose.
Chelsea Pastore, the University of Leicester’s Student Ambassador for TEACH, is in charge of recruiting volunteers for the project.
TEACH is small charity working to alleviate poverty in Africa through sustainable projects that empower communities.
Chelsea said: “Thousands of children in Ghana miss out on a decent education every day because their schools are no more than bamboo poles supporting hay roofs that cannot survive the wind and rain.
“At schools on the coast, during rainy season when the winds are strongest and the rain heaviest, children are forced to stop learning and take shelter under their benches simply because their schools are not built for this weather.”
TEACH’s recent successes include the “Be the Change” leadership programme, which gives leadership training to youth in Africa, and also Kauli, the fashion line started by seamstresses in Tanzania which now has an online boutique.
Chelsea added: “Volunteers will leave Ghana with a better understanding of the country and themselves, as well as an array of skills that will be invaluable to employers.”
Every participant must fundraise £1400 towards the cost of the trip. This covers food, accommodation, all building supplies, ground transport, and wages for local staff. £900 of the fundraising goes to support TEACH's educational programmes in Tanzania.
To volunteer, contact Chelsea Pastore, TEACH Student Ambassador, as soon as possible at


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