PAGEANT - "Education is the future"
Dame Tipping CofE Primary School
In 2004, Viv Morris, the Head teacher of the Dame Tipping CE Primary School in Havering-Atte-Bower, Essex, contacted us having read about Pageant on the website. She was looking for a way of sponsoring two children in The Gambia and decided to approach us to see if we could arrange things for her.
After some correspondence and discussion she decided that the school would sponsor two little brothers, Abdoulrahman, then aged 5, and Yusupha, aged 4. As Kemo was coming to visit us we suggested that he should come with us to give a talk to the children and this offer was duly accepted.
During our visit to the school in 2005 we were told how the sponsorship would be raised. The children would themselves devise games and competitions and charge each other to play them. This would go on for a large part of the Spring Term, being a source of great activity and enjoyment to teachers and children. In 2005 the games included:
- "Name the cat/dog/teddy bear etc"
- "Score a goal"
- Cake Bake
- Pin the nose on the clown
- Guess how many sweets in a jar
- Gloopy treasure hunt
- Art competitions
- School comic - made and printed by the children to sell
- Ball bouncing
- Racetrack challenge
with the children managing to run at least three activities each lunchtime.
Their aim was to raise £180 for the boys' sponsorship, and at the beginning of April, Viv sent us a cheque for £210. Some of the 'extra' money would be used in September, when the Gambian school expenses are at their highest and family income is low, and the rest for some special things for the families to enjoy at Christmas.
Our thanks go to all the children and staff at Dame Tipping School for their enthusiastic support and friendship to Abdoulrahman and Yusupha - Viv tells us that: The children consider the (Gambian) boys to be a part of our school - as one child put it "the two boys in Dame Tipping School who don't have to come to the lessons"! Dame Tipping School website.
Since this page was originally published, Dame Tipping School has
continued to raise money in various ingenious ways, and still sponsors
children in The Gambia through