Gambia Appeal update

Gambia Appeal update

In December 2017 Reigate College Community Tutor Paul Mendy returned to the Gambia, where he distributed bin bags of good quality second-hand clothes to people living in remote villages near to where he grew up.  The clothes are collected as part of an annual College collection, instigated by Paul and supported by the College’s Students’ Union. 
 
Paul also visited the Wellingara Nursery School, a nursery school that the College has been supporting for several years, that has recently experienced a huge drop in student numbers. Paul explains,  “The pupils, aged 5-7, used to receive their education free of charge, but parents are now asked to pay because the nursery school is experiencing financial difficulties.  They used to have around 435 students when the education was free, but now student numbers are down to 285 because many families just can’t afford to pay.  What’s shocking is to learn that it costs only around £30 per year per child to attend the nursery school.”
 
Stephanie Whitelock who works with the College’s SU, said, “The College’s Students’ Union is now looking into ways in which the College can help raise funds to support the Nursery School, so that as many children as possible have the opportunity to receive a basic and essential level of education.”
 
See more photos of Paul's trip in the photo gallery
 
Find out more about the Gambian School Appeal and Reigate College's charity and social events.
 
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