Founded by Derbyshire students Joe and Alex McDermott in 2016, this project raises funds for the Good Hope School in Lilongwe, Malawi. This year, James McCrea and Leo Fox White will be fundraising.

So far, you have raised £25,351 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!


What is Educate Africa? 




Current Team for 2022

James McCrea


Leo Fox White



Freya Blackwell

2021 - 2022



An update on the school

Due to the Coronavirus, the school needs a 'fumigation' every 14 days. This involves using disinfectant spray to clean walls and equipment. Hand washing stations, a bucket and soap are in place for santitisation, as well as a breakfast program, put in place for the most undernourished.


A gate and school perminiter wall have been installed to stop theft. New toilets are now being used, they consist of a metal pan that you stand on with a cistern high up on the wall. The old toilets are now in the process of being repaired.





Please keep donations coming in.

To donate online, please head to the donate section on the website.

Previous Teams

James McCrea

2021 - 2022


Raised so far: £1108

James has previously done work experience in Parliament and will aim to raise as much as possible joined by Leo Fox White and Freya Blackwell.

Timmy Crowson

2020 - 2021

Raised: £2400


Timmy had previously done work for Educate Africa and brought a wealth of experience to the team.



Frances Cokayne

2019 - 2020

Raised: £700



Led Educate Africa from 2019 to 2020.


Alex McDermott

2018 - 2019

Raised: £4500


Funded: toilet and changing room block


Alex was 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 led Educate Africa from 2017-2018, and is also 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.



An update on the school...
General newsletter August 2020.pdf
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Radio Derby.mp3
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Post Trip Report 2018.pdf
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