Pageant News 6 August 2011
On 20th July 2011 we received an email from
Lyndsey Richardson, Science Technician, at
Metropolitan College offering us
20 Olympus and Philip Harris microscopes, which were no longer
suitable for use by their students. Although a few years old, they
were all in good condition. Pippa replied immediately and said "Yes
Please!". Lyndsey had contacted several charities with her offer,
but we were the first to reply, so we could have the microscopes as
long as we could transport them!
Our next task was to organise collection.
Alan, a work colleague of Pippa’s, kindly agreed to collect them
from Lyndsey’s lab on his way back from a job up in Scotland, so
they arrived at ERA in Leatherhead on Monday 1 August. Kathy, who
also works as a microscopist in Leatherhead, brought her rather
larger car over to collect them from ERA and delivered them to Pippa
& Ian’s house on Friday evening. Kathy and Pippa then had a great
time unpacking several of the microscopes and using them to look at
some of the very nice slides that Lyndsey had packed into one of the
boxes. They all worked really well and will be a huge benefit to
several Gambian schools and to Gambia College, the Teacher Training
College in Brikama.
The photo shows all 20 microscopes lined up
ready for packing on Pippa’s dining room table (suitably adorned
with a Gambian tie-dyed tablecloth). Each microscope has its own
dustcover – a very necessary feature for a Gambian classroom! We are
just about to pack up several pallets of school and college
materials for shipping to The Gambia in the next month or so, and
the microscopes will be included in this shipment.
We are hoping to run some more Practical
Microscopy Workshops in the near future, this time at Gambia College
for the trainee teachers. These microscopes will be perfect for use
in the workshops and then many of them can be distributed to some of
the schools to which the newly trained teachers will be sent.
Our most grateful thanks go to Lyndsey and
all at Tyne Metropolitan College for this wonderful donation – it
will make a lot of difference to the Science lessons of a large
number of Gambian children, who would otherwise never be able to
see, let alone use, a microscope at all.
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