Students in Blyth have been asked to support schools in Africa
A CHARITY that is striving to educate some of the world’s poorest children has appealed for help from North East students.
Chairman of the Love Trust Bishop Martin Morrison addressed students at Bede Academy, Blyth, asking for their further support with ambitious plans to bring learning to South Africa.
The trust runs Nokuphila School in Tembisa for 240 children aged three to eight.
Many of the children have been infected or affected by HIV/AIDS; some have lost one parent, others both to the killer disease.
The aim is to provide them with the best possible education as a means of lifting them out of poverty.
Links were forged between the charity and Bede Academy thanks to Principal Gwyneth Evans, and the charity is also supported by Bede’s sister school Emmanuel College, in Gateshead.
Love Trust also runs the Christ Church Preparatory School in South Africa and has ambitious plans to launch 15 preschools next year and 15 more per year for the next decade, as well as 40 teacher training centres.
“It is a passion of mine to help the poor and it is lovely to have partners like Bede Academy, who share our values,” the Bishop said.
“The school is means tested and families are expected to contribute something towards the fees because this means they are not accepting charity as such which preserves their dignity. If they can’t pay anything then they volunteer to work in the school.”
The academy also plans to send a party of eight Year 13 students to South Africa next July to work with the trust in schools and in inner city Johannesburg.
The Bishop said:
“Bede Academy is a wonderful place and I love coming here.”
Vice principal Steve Nelson added:
“Our relationship with Nokuphila School is really helping to broaden the horizons of our all students.
“Next summer’s expedition will be a fantastic opportunity for our sixth formers to help the charity and enrich their own lives in the process.”