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Back to school for Lizzie

PUBLISHED: 08:58 29 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A YOUNG Woodbridge woman is preparing to travel to darkest Africa where she hopes to brighten up the lives of schoolchildren.

Lizzie Grubb, 18, of Orchard Close, will leave Britain on January 10 to spend six months in Kenya working for a charity which supplies the country's woefully under-funded education system with volunteer teachers from around Europe.

A YOUNG Woodbridge woman is preparing to travel to darkest Africa where she hopes to brighten up the lives of schoolchildren.

Lizzie Grubb, 18, of Orchard Close, will leave Britain on January 10 to spend six months in Kenya working for a charity which supplies the country's woefully under-funded education system with volunteer teachers from around Europe.

The former Farlingaye High School pupil has taken a gap year after finishing her A-levels in the summer and is anxious to help out at the school in a small village called Gilgil, between Nairobi and Mount Kenya.

She said: "It wasn't really the country that made me decide, I just felt as if I could really make a difference out there. I will actually be teaching the children and not just standing at the back of the class washing glue pots.

"The schools are very poor in Kenya and we will be living as locals with no water supply, electricity or anything like that."

She will be joined by 13 other volunteers and will teach many different subjects on behalf of the French charity VAE Kenya.

"We will be teaching everything from English, maths, science and music. I particularly enjoy music but I think I'll end up teaching maths and science, although I would like to set up a choir while I'm out there."

Lizzie, who will take up a place at Durham University to study Geology when she returns, is eager to help as much as possible while in Kenya and is looking for donations.

"I have raised the money to get out there myself through working hundreds of hours in all sorts of part time jobs but I want to try and raise some money so I can try to create something permanent when I'm out there.

"The way the education system works out in Kenya is that the Government only pays teachers who have over 50 pupils and spends nothing else on equipment for the classroom.

"Last year two volunteers from Blackburn raised £500 which managed to pay for the refurbishment of an entire library and just £60 is enough to buy text books for an entire class."

Anyone wanting to donate and help Lizzie make a difference in Kenya can transfer money to her Barclay's Bank account number 60657816, sort code 209807.

To contribute to the VAE Kenya charity visit their website at www.vaekenya.co.uk.


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