Schools join forces to transform lives

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Students from two Ilkeston academies have raised £1,000 to help transform the lives of African children by part-funding a library at their school.

Work is well under way on the project at the Jandalala Primary School in Malawi, which is attended by 360 children.

The £1,000 has been raised through the Every Last Drop Foundation, a joint enterprise between Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and Kirk Hallam Community Academy.

Every Last Drop was set up by students in 2009 with the aim of supporting educational projects in Africa and the academies are hoping they will soon gain full charitable status.

Students run the project with the aim of making a difference to the lives of others whilst learning more about social enterprise as part of their business studies.

This is the second project to be carried out at the Jandalala Primary School after £1,900 was raised by Every Last Drop and the Africa Education Aid for a new roof and windows.

David Jenkins, College Leader at OIEA, said he was proud of the students’ fund-raising efforts.

He said: “Everyone involved has worked extremely hard to make the library at Jandalala Primary School a reality and it’s great to hear that the building will soon be finished.

“We now need to look into how we can stock it with books as shipping costs are high. We are hoping to work with Books International to find a way to do this.”