This Saturday saw 20 students and teachers attending the village bicycle project workshop here in Rolal at the teacher training centre. Its been really great working in partnership with the Village Bicycle Project which aims to
- Bring discounted bikes to regions where bikes have been infrequently used
- Offer bicycle riding and repair workshops to communities and people in need
- Provide specialized bike tools and parts to keep bikes rolling
- Address the special needs of African women and girls
Several of our students walk 4 to 6 hours to get to school each day and having their own bicycle will cut the travelling time by half, so making more time for studying instead!
For teachers it means a cheap way to travel, when they need to for their work and to enable them to do the much needed outreach work in the community and communicate with parents and carers in the surrounding villages.
Both students and teachers were taught simple maintenance and repair skills on their own bicycle and the project also provided a repair kit for the site. Young women and men learning new life changing skills and enjoying it too!!
We had 9 girls on the workshop and one girl said she wished she had learned to ride a bike early on in life as she had been so nervous at first. She is now riding with confidence but says she will be on the alert for all the pot holes, of which there are many in Port Loko.
We also had one student who joined the workshop with his own bicycle which he thought was beyond repair and Joe and Jak showed him how to repair and transform it, so he is one very happy lad now.
It is good to blow the EducAid trumpet now and then...............Jak the trainer was very impressed with EducAid students and said "we finished the programme early as the EducAid students are very quick to learn and take responsibility for their own learning, it's fantastic really"
Thanks Jak and Joe and we are looking forward to next week when 20 more students, staff and community members from Maronka learn new skills and receive their bicycles.
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