Educate Africa
            Educate Africa

What is Educate Africa?

Founded by Ecclesbourne School student Joe McDermott in 2016, Educate Africa raises funds for the Good Hope School in Lilongwe, Malawi. Each year, another team takes on the fundraising lead. So far, you have raised £18682 and provided a new classroom, perimeter fence, building repairs, desks and chairs, water well covers, IT equipment, stationery, first aid kits and training, sports equipment, books and globes. 


EVERY DONATED PENNY goes to the school - unlike many charities, any visits or personal costs are met by the organisers!






An update on the school...

Right now, the boundary wall is in the process of being built, but progress on that has been slow because of rain (the rainy season is from November/December until February/March). Thankfully though there hasn't been any big storms this year, like the one that caused damage last year.


Once the rainy season is over, the small amount of money left that Aidan raised will be invested in desks for the school.


A boy from Standard 4 drowned in the swollen river last week. Brian (the school's director) and some of the other staff went to the funeral on Saturday. There are, sadly, usually 2 or 3 deaths of school children during the school year - most of them due to sickness.


A School nurse came to the school toward the end of last term to give bilharzia vaccine. It was the last year of a three year programme, funded by the WHO (World Health Organisation) and a number of smaller bodies.

Our Fundraising Target for 2019 - £4000

What does your money go towards?

Sports Equipment

Children have limited access to sports equipment which is an integral part of their development. Alex hopes to raise £4000 to support this.


Alex hopes to raise funds for better furniture in the school to improve the facilities for the pupils and create a more comfortable environment.


Currently, the toilets are in poor condition and there are no changing facilities available. Roofs will be added to the toilets and changing rooms built.


Mocktails and cakes inspire the new cohort to support Educate Africa!

Thanks to the new intake!

Thank you to the new students who were enthusiastic and generous at the recent open evenings. Not only did we raise £492, but there was also lots of interest in how working together at Ecclesbourne can make a life-changing difference to the pupils of the Good Hope School.

Ecclesbourne School raise £836

A third of money raised from a Children in Need event was kindly donated.

This brought the total event closer to the 50% mark of £2000. We hope to arrange a Spring concert and raffle, as well as adding a fixed value onto the ticket sales of a Summer production at the school to be donated to Educate Africa in order to help reach the £4000 target.

Cadets raise £411.17 - whilst skiing!

Cadets from across the East Midlands donated the money on a five-day course.

Alex delivered a talk to the 80 cadets from Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, and Lincolnshire whilst skiing in Folgaria, Italy.

Labour Party gets behind young people!

Amber Valley Labour Party donate £47 as Alex talks about humanitarian aid, votes at 16, and plastics pollution.

Alex was invited to speak at an informal evening of discussion and the importance of young people engaging in politics led to a generous, impromptu donation.

Duffield Meadows Primary School donates £300

Thank you to Meadows for the continous support over the last three years!

Alex delivered an assembly to the pupils of the school, who decided to make a generous £300 donation to Educate Africa. Thank you!

Educate Africa Cake Sale raises £111.25

An extremely successful cake sale from Harry and Alex raised £111.25 for Educate Africa!

Alex and Harry sold lemon drizzle cakes, brownies, and cookies to support Educate Africa amongst a day of fundraising and a non-school uniform day at their school, receiving a third of the profits raised on the day, thanks to the generosity of their headteacher. Thanks!

Our Team

Alex McDermott

Fundraiser - 2018/19

Member of UK Youth Parliament, House of Commons speaker, fundraiser, and leader of the 'Last Straw' Campaign.

Harry Tallis

Fundraiser - 2018/19


Aidan Crowson

Fundraiser - 2017/18


Joe McDermott

Fundraiser - 2016/17

Founder of Educate Africa and fundraiser for 2016/17 and founder of the What'SUP with the Derwent project.

Post Trip Report 2018.pdf
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