University of Hull students appeal for help raising money to teach children in Africa
THEY are training to teach the next generation of youngsters in Hull.
Now, two students are offering their skills to help children in Africa learn English.
Sammy Watkinson, 21, and Jane Robinson, 23, are travelling to Tanzania for a month.
Sammy said: "Teaching in Africa is always something I have wanted to do. It is a great experience for us and it will be great to help teach the children English."
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The two answered an email from the University of Hull, where they are studying, and applied to take on the challenge.
After learning they were successful they now need to raise money for the trip.
Sammy said: "We want to take things out for the children, such as pens and pencils and paper.
"The money is not for our flights or to get us there."
The duo will fly to Africa in July.
Sammy said: "The whole experience of teaching in Africa will be great.
"Class sizes out there are triple what they are here, so there are up to 90 children in a class.
"We have been told we will be teaching in twos and threes.
"The curriculum is like ours, so as well as English we can teach them some other curriculum subjects."
The children in Africa are taught in basic classrooms without the IT facilities youngsters in this country are able to use.
Jane said: "It is going to be completely different.
"It's a different lifestyle and they are taught differently.
"I want to see what they do and see and experience the lifestyle. It's going to be amazing."
The student teachers will stay with host families near the school. Their hosts will take them out to see Tanzania at the weekend and in return the girls will cook for the families and help out around the house.
To raise money for the trip, including all the vaccinations they need, the girls have organised a series of charity events.
On Thursday, March 28, they are holding a Ladies Night at the Wheatsheaf pub in Kirk Ella. On Friday, April 5, there is a race night at the Jar In Hand pub in Grandale, Sutton Park, and on Saturday, April 27, they will take part in a 35-mile sponsored walk from Doncaster to Hull.