Ashford school teachers set to volunteer in South Africa

Two teachers from Nuns Cross Primary School in Ashford will travel to South Africa in July to take part in a voluntary teacher program.

School Principal Rachel Harper and teacher Imelda Heaphy will travel with a group of 50 teachers to a number of schools in Capetown until August.

As part of international charity Mellon Educate, the teachers will spend two weeks helping mentor and share good practice with South African teachers who are facing challenges in the classroom.

The volunteer initiative aims to incorporate a variety of teaching strategies, positive behaviour management techniques and good moral for teachers and learners.

Mellon Educate is an international volunteer-based charity who have now embarked on a 10-year initiative to provide educational assistance for more than 100,000 of Africa’s most impoverished children.

They have previously housed 100,000 homeless people in South Africa’s townships achieved through collective efforts of more than 22,000 volunteers who helped to complete 25,000 houses for more than 125,000 of South Africa’s poorest citizens.

“Having built better homes, Mellon Educate is now now focused on building better lives through better education, which is an initiative we are delighted to be a part of,” the Nuns Cross teachers said.

A concert is being held tonight in aid of Mellon Educate at Greystones Hillside Church at 7pm with a BBQ before hand from 6pm.

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