Educate Africa
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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 £20351 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...

Good Hope School Newsletter - October 2019
Good Hope School October 2019 Newsletter[...]
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An urgent appeal was sent out in January for donations to help with the impact of a storm and flooding, as one of the school toilet blocks collapsed into the latrine pit below, which fortunately happened at night when no children were present.


Also, some of the other pits are now considered to be unstable and risk further collapse, so will have to be replaced.Until this work is completed, the use of the premises will be restricted but a start on the work is underway, starting with the pit for the septic tank (shown in the photo).


So please keep donations coming in, to donate online, head to the donate section on the website!


Stay tuned for more updates...

Fundraising Target for 2019 achieved!

What will your money go towards?

Sports Equipment

Children have limited access to sports equipment which is an integral part of their development. Some of 2019's £4137 will go to support this.


Alex raised 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.


More fundraising project updates on the way!

Sweet Stall raises £182

Alongside Comic Relief fundraising, we sold a range a sweets during school and completely sold out!

School Christmas Concert Raffle raised over £200

Along with skillful pieces, the Music Department allowed us to provide Christmas themed hampers as raffle prizes.

Sports Day 2019 Raises Over £300

Thanks to the students of Eccesbourne School and the very warm weather!

The sale of ice lollies seemed well needed in the July heat, leaving us completely sold out.

Shakespeare performance brings in £389!

Thanks to the Ecclesbourne School Drama departement!

A charity raffle alongside a performance of Shakespeare classics put together by a number of Drama students ensured the target for Educate Africa this year is getting closer and closer. Thank you so much guys!

Egg-cellent work to 'crack' the target!

£127 raised thanks to Mr Ourabi and Happy Hens!

Thank you to Mr Ourabi, Happy Hens, and the students from Enhanced Learning who sold top-quality eggs to raise money for Educate Africa. Egg-citing stuff! OK, enough of the puns now, Alex...

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.

Our Team

Frances Cokayne and Joanna Outhwaite

2019 - 2020


Target: £5000

Fundraising for more desks and seating, science resources and repainting the exterior of classrooms

Alex McDermott

2018 - 2019

Raised: £4500

Funded: toilet and changing room block


Alex is also a Member of UK Youth Parliament and leader of the 'Last Straw' Campaign. As well as Educate Africa, he is an outdoor enthusiast, having lead several expeditions.

Aidan Crowson

2017 - 2018

Raised: £6500

Funded: perimeter wall


Aidan is also a keen actor and musician.


Joe McDermott

2016 - 2017

Raised: £9500

Funded: new classrooom


Joe founded Educate Africa in 2016 with Oli Marval. He has since lead the What'SUP project and several overseas research expeditions.

Post Trip Report 2018.pdf
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Radio Derby.mp3
MP3 audio file [12.5 MB]
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