St George’s School is open.
In Azezo, Gondar, NW Ethiopia, a new school opened its doors for the first time on 3 March 2014. In an area starved of education and crying out for more opportunity, St George’s School is a symbol of what change can be happen with hard work and the generosity of others.
Fifty excited and chattering six year olds raced each other to be first into school when the gates were flung open. It would have been hard to find a more eager bunch of children that day!
St George’s pupils are among the poorest and most vulnerable in the area. Many of them are orphaned or sick; many have already been put to work to provide for themselves and their families. With access to education so limited it is almost impossible for children like our new pupils to achieve even the most basic schooling.
St George’s School provides a completely free education, funded entirely by the Broomwood in Ethiopia project of Northwood African Education Foundation.
St George’s School wouldn’t have been possible without Diana Mardon, the former Head of Broomwood Hall Lower School. Instead of retiring, Diana moved to Ethiopia and has worked tirelessly to bring this project to life.
The children are all provided with two sets of hardy uniform, the same as that worn by children at Broomwood Hall in London. They will each receive two healthy and nutritious meals a day – and before becoming pupils would have been lucky to get even one meal a day.
It’s an amazing achievement, and you can support ongoing work with a donation.