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Into Africa: Students travel to rural villages to help teach maths

Posted on 19/07/2013

A group of mathematics students will embark on a life-changing trip this summer, to help teach children in Africa.

Puminder Nota, Henry Young, Jyoti Kachhwaha, Sarah Mills and Charlotte Hicks will set off on Sunday 21 July and join a team of more than 140 volunteers, who will provide direct teaching as well as training and mentoring for teachers, in 25 rural and urban townships in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania.

The five Royal Holloway students took part in a rigorous selection process, in which they demonstrated the passion and determination needed to take on the task. They then received training which was focused on inspiring both children and teachers.

“Education is a tool which can help free the developing world from poverty”, said Charlotte, a third year Economics and Mathematics student. “I have no doubt that my time in Johannesburg will be challenging at times, but I can’t wait to get started. It will be hugely rewarding to help improve the quality of education for young Africans and raise their aspirations.”

Started originally by the University of Warwick, the project is set to help more than 30,000 young Africans this summer. Indeed, over 120,000 pupils and 800 teachers have benefitted from the Warwick in Africa programme since it was founded in 2006. It has had a dramatic effect on test results and attendance, and an increasing number of students now secure places at top African universities.

Henry, a second year Mathematics and Psychology student, said: “I am considering becoming a teacher when I graduate, so I was delighted to be accepted on to this scheme. This project provides me with a fantastic opportunity to share my passion for Maths, while helping children in Africa achieve a better a life.”


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