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Students rally to help African flood pupils

PUBLISHED: 17:05 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 23 August 2010

CHILDREN are getting stuck into a project to help boost the lives of pupils at a school in Ghana devastated by floods. Members of the Discovery Centre, Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, are meeting tonight to discuss how they will raise the £22,000 needed to

CHILDREN are getting stuck into a project to help boost the lives of pupils at a school in Ghana devastated by floods.

Members of the Discovery Centre, Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, are meeting tonight to discuss how they will raise the £22,000 needed to give children of the Ga Tribe, near Accra, a new school.

The Abibman Primary School was badly damaged during floods in 2006 and pupils are forced to do lessons under a mango tree with few writing materials.

The Discovery Centre, part of Swan Valley School, provides extra educational help for children and a place to meet in safe surroundings after school.

Centre manager Frederick Tchie said: "A number of school leavers decided they wanted to help children who are less fortunate, to leave their own legacy.

"The community hasn't recovered from storm floods and without a basic education children out there will be affected for the rest of their lives.

"Year 11 kids have been out in Dartford and Gravesend collecting money and I have been very impressed with their focus and dedication.

"It's an opportunity of a lifetime for them to go to Ghana and get involved in a project, boost their self-esteem and learn new skills."

So far they have raised £6,000 and Kent County Council has agreed to match funds raised by the end of June.

As well as organising fundraising events students have been putting together packs containing footballs, table tennis bats and educational basics like pens, paper and rulers to be sent out to Ghana.

Two events are hoped to bring in more funds, a prom in the School Hall, Southfleet Road on Friday, July 4 with entertainment is open to all Year 11 school leavers from Dartford and Gravesham.

A car boot sale on Saturday, July 5 will be held at the centre. For more details call 01322 623117.

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