Derby Grammar School beats fundraising target

The school launched the Tanzania project with the aim of raising £50,000 for Gedeli B School, but students and staff have already raised £83,000

Derby Grammar School has beaten its target to raise £50,000 in 10 years to help improve the lives of schoolchildren in Africa.

The school launched the Tanzania fundraising project in 2013 with the aim of raising £50,000 by 2023 for Gedeli B School in Mwanza, but students and staff have already raised £83,000 after just five years.

The aim of the project, which has been shortlisted for a national award, is to supply Gedeli B School with educational resources, such as pens and paper and even classrooms.

When the project was launched in 2013, Gedeli B School had 1,357 children in five classrooms – an average of 270 children per class – they had no water, electricity, textbooks, sports or educational equipment.

With the £83,000 raised so far, Derby Grammar School has built four classrooms, installed electricity and running water, built toilet blocks, supplied classroom equipment and specific resources for children with special needs, provided sanitary items for older girls in the school, supplied every child with schoolbooks, pens and pencils and given the headteacher a laptop, printer and a photocopier.

Dr Ruth Norris, Head at Derby Grammar School, in Littleover, said: “We are extremely proud to have forged this link with Gedeli B School and to have helped improve the lives of children there. The visit to Mwanza is an unforgettable and often humbling experience for Derby Grammar School students, and our partnership has a life-changing impact on the children at Gedeli B School. We hope that it continues for many years to come.”

Students from Derby Grammar visit every year. This year, 26 Year 12 students visited Gedeli B School where they taught lessons and improved classrooms. They also visited an orphanage for children who attend the school and a home for babies who have been orphaned. Students could also choose to either go on safari or climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

The students’ next trip to Mwanza in the summer of 2019 is already being planned. If you are an organisation or individual who would like to donate or support the schools’ activities, contact April Sly at sly.a@derbygrammar.org.