Bedales' 'transformational' donation

Posted on 04th October 2018

IT equipment donated by Bedales to a charity supporting vulnerable young people in Sierra Leone has had a “transformational” impact, the charity says.

Bedales donated over 20 laptops to EducAid – a Sierra Leone-based charity providing high quality education and support to vulnerable young people – following an appeal from the school’s Global Awareness department.

The donation was made possible by the combined efforts of Bedales student Mack Cowling – who chose to raise funds for the charity as part of a project for the new Global Awareness Bedales Assessed Course – Head of Global Awareness Abi Wharton, and the school’s ICT department.

As well as collecting financial donations via a Pledgit page, Mack organised cake sales in order to raise the funds required to ship the equipment to Sierra Leone.

Erin Northey, Chief Executive Officer of EducAid, thanked Bedales for the donation, which she said had enabled the charity to carry out crucial work.

She explained: “Our teachers have been using the laptops as part of our internal teacher training and to create new learning units over the summer. We did a complete overhaul of all our learning materials, which would not have been possible without the laptops from Bedales. As always, we are very grateful for the support of everyone at Bedales. The laptops really have been transformational as we prepared for the 2018/19 school year.”

Abi Wharton commented: “Our ambitious Global Awareness programme enables students to choose an initiative where they feel inspired to make a difference, and working with Educaid is a good example of this. The course is devoted to social entrepreneurship and innovation, using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues. I am confident that this new approach has begun the task of helping our students towards a meaningful and practical education in citizenship and, crucially, the sense that they can change the world in which they live.”

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