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Nick Taylor's 'Give to Gambia' Project

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Background

Pageant member, Nicholas Taylor, is a recent graduate from the University of Winchester, where he studied primary education. He was born and raised in Hastings (East Sussex), and recently moved back to the area, now residing in Heathfield. He has been teaching at Battle Abbey Prep school for about five months, and now has a full time teaching job at a local primary school in Crowborough.

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First visit to Soma

In 2015, as part of his teacher training programme, Nick visited the up-country community of Soma in The Gambia, with a group of primary education teacher trainees and lecturers from his University. Here is his description of the visit:

"During our visit, we stayed at Kaira Konko Scout Lodge, where we were well looked after by the scouts and Kaira Konko team. (Note also spelt Kairo Konko) We were there for 16 days, spending time getting to know the local community and culture. Moreover, we also spent 10 days teaching at the local Primary School, called Soma Lower Basic which has 26 classes and over 1,000 children on its roll. The trip was an incredibly unique and life-changing experience, and really put life into perspective and made me realise how lucky I am to have the life that I do."

Learning about prepositions
Learning about prepositions
School Assembly
School Assembly
Developing understanding about Gambia crops
Developing understanding about Gambia crops
 
Developing understanding about Gambia crops
Developing understanding about Gambia crops
Developing understanding about Gambia crops
Class photo
Class photo
 
Kairo Konko Scout Lodge. This is where we stayed and is a popular location for children to play
Kairo Konko Scout Lodge
This is where we stayed and is a popular location for children to play
Group photo of some of the Kairo Konko Scouts and our University group
Group photo of some of the Kairo Konko Scouts and our University group
Group of local children from the Soma community
Group of local children from the Soma community
Playing for Kairo Konko FC at Soma Lower Basic
Playing for Kairo Konko FC at Soma Lower Basic

...and finally - see the Winchester group create some wall art at Soma LBS in record time.

Give to Gambia

"I promised myself when I left I would return once again to reunite with the friends that I made in Soma, and when I did, I would look to make a positive difference to the Soma community. Therefore, as a result of deciding to return in April 2017, I set up my 'Give to Gambia' project which aims to support a number of causes that I hope will make a positive difference to the lives of people living in the Soma community:"

Change of plan

Due to problems synchronising school Easter holidays and flight timings, Nick has decided to postpone his April visit to The Gambia, but all the fundraising goes ahead as planned.

Fund Raising

"As part of my fundraising, I am running the Eastbourne and Hastings half marathons, and then the Rome Marathon as my big finale before I then head out to The Gambia. 100% of the money raised will be going towards the causes I have outlined above, and I will be having a physical presence whilst I am there in order to ensure the above projects are followed through with."

Click this 'Donate' button to make a donation to help Nick with his projects in The Gambia. This takes you to a BT MyDonate page, where you should click on 'Donate now'. Donations will be kept separate and used only for Nick's 'Give to Gambia' Project.

We will keep you updated on this page with news about how your donations are used by Nick in his 'Give to Gambia' project, so keep checking this page. If you need any further information

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