An Australian charity founded and run by a dedicated husband-and-wife team is celebrating its 10th birthday after educating a staggering 17,000 African school students. Source: ACU.
Canberra locals Dr Jann Carroll, an Australian Catholic University education lecturer, and her husband Simon Carroll, chief executive of their Global School Partners charity, have a vision to teach the world by fundraising to help educate children in developing countries.
The Carrolls partner Australian schools with Kenyan schools in a powerful fundraising model. The funds raised by the Australian schools are used to provide teaching resources including books, stationery and other educational supplies and even build the Kenyan communities’ schools and libraries.
Equally as important, Global School Partners improves the children’s health by providing clean water, hand washing stations and toilets. There are plans to expand Global School Partners to Asia.
Dr Carroll said it was important the charity provided a hand up to impoverished communities in developing countries, rather than a handout as they work together with partner schools.
“We’ve had strong responses from schools in the ACT and NSW, but we really need schools from the other states and the territory to get involved. Partner schools know that 100 per cent of funds raised go directly to the recipient schools.”
Philippa Brearley, principal of Holy Trinity Primary School in the ACT, has been instrumental in introducing the program to three ACT schools.
“The Australian students have benefited greatly from their partnership with schools in Kenya, as they’ve been able to see in a very real and tangible way, how their fundraising outreach projects have made a difference to the lives of children who are disadvantaged,” Ms Brearley said.