Children at a Kirk Hallam school were so touched by stories from their teacher’s home country, they have set up their very own charity.
A group of four 13- and 14-year-olds were given a talk on child labour in Malawi, arranged by geography teacher George Mwanza, who was born in the south east African country.
And as a result they decided they wanted to do something to help children there get access to better education.
George, 43, who has been teaching at Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sport College since 2010, suggested that they help the school, which he attended in the 1960s.
“I think it’s a brilliant thing,” he said.
“It shows that they have got initiative but also they are good citizens.
“They have done it all off their own backs – I am just in the background as a link.”
Ryan Parkes, Evan Hollis, James Kibble and Daniel Grimley, all from West Hallam, have now set up Africa Education Aid and have already collected and sent out hundreds of items including second-hand uniforms and books.
But they need to raise more cash to buy vital educational equipment and so they are holding their first big fundraising event this Saturday at West Hallam village hall.
From 11am to 2pm, there will be stalls including a raffle, tombola and cakes and sweets.
Megan Grace a crossing guard at Scargill Primary School, where the students used to attend, is also holding a stall at the event to raise money for animal charity Bullies in Need. She said: “I think they are brilliant to be so caring for others.”
Visit the charity website at http://africaeducationaid.wix.com/africaneducationaid.