After months of planning and hoping and meetings, calls and emails, we got the news today: 13 EducAid staff are on their way to the UK for a wonderful training opportunity.
A couple of years ago, the Steve Sinnott Foundation contacted me about collaborating on development education.
In the end, they decided to offer a training in London to our lead teachers in support of the new teacher training centre in Rolal.
Entirely funded by the SS Foundation,the selected staff will have 1 week being trained in teacher training techniques and another visiting some of our partner schools to see different teaching styles in operation.
Today we got the exciting news that the visas have all been granted and, amazingly, their tickets are still available.
There are some very happy staff going all out to get warm enough clothes to cope with the harsh realities of the UK in November. Action research cycle reports are being completed. The schools having started early on purpose will shut for a 2 week half term except for the exam kids and much more besides.
Kofi and I will be travelling at the same time for our usual fundraising trip and we are all really looking forward to having a fruitful and fun time in the big smoke.
Thanks especially to Sam and all the friends of EducAid who helped compile the documents we needed for the visa applications.
If you are interested in knowing more about EducAid's work with vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans please go to www.educaid.org.uk