Students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group this week delivered Chrisbeon stationery supplies to classrooms in Ghana.
The four students, who all study A-Levels, attended a talk by the National Citizenship Service and decided they wanted to head out to Africa after hearing about a range of volunteering roles.
They decided to join a volunteer group of eight people to go on their own charity mission to Ghana to help build schools – and they wanted to take the stationery for those schools with them.
Which is where Chrisbeon came in!
Miles the Van
We supplied boxes of all kinds of stationery materials for the students to take to supplement their trip – pens, pencils, pads, notebooks, paper, as well as post-it notes and some Chrisbeon squishy ‘Miles the Vans’ – and the students managed to get British Airways to gift them luggage allowance to allow them to take the donation to Ghana.
The students flew out on October 25 and are expected back in the UK this coming week after spending their time building cement bricks by hand, building classrooms and teaching children English and Maths.
Partner Craig said: “We are fellow patrons of the Chamber of Commerce along with the College and were happy to help this project when we were approached.
“We do like to give back, especially when we can help with local causes and we were only too glad to help support their trip to make a difference.”
Student Michael Jones, 17, from Shrewsbury, said: “The College helped us to make contact with some stationery suppliers and we asked them if they could help. We have been overwhelmed with their response and how generous they have been with their donations.”
Education in Ghana
Since 2008, school enrollment in Ghana has continually increased at all levels of education – from pre-primary and primary to secondary and tertiary education.
With 84% of its children in primary school, Ghana has a school enrollment “far ahead” of its sub-saharian neighbours.