Birmingham pupils building ‘Bridges to Africa’

By on 12/05/2011 in News

Young people from Birmingham will trek through Kingfisher Country Park on Sunday, May 15, in a charity walk to help build a school in Uganda.

Pupils from Aston Manor secondary school will be accompanied by the Park Rangers on their 10km 'Bridges to Africa' walk.

In total 2,000 students and 300 teachers from 60 state schools across the UK are pulling on their walking boots and taking to the streets to support PEAS, a charity that builds and runs secondary schools in Uganda.

The Birmingham walk begins in Gressel Lane at 11.00 and then meanders through Kingfisher Country Park.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “Full credit to these young people. They're going the extra mile so that schoolchildren in Uganda can enjoy the educational benefits we take for granted here in the UK.

“So if you see these youngsters in Kingfisher Country Park on Sunday, give them a bit of encouragement.”

This year the 2,000 students walking Bridges to Africa aim to raise £50,000 - enough to build half a secondary school in Uganda.

Bridges to Africa is organized by PEAS, who are seeking to widen access to secondary education in Uganda, a country where over half of its 31 million people are under 15, but yet only one in four children get to go to secondary school. 

John Kiyagulanyi, a former pupil of a PEAS school who is now studying for a degree in education said: “I believe education is so important because you cannot do anything without it. I feel as though I have a bright future because of my education.”

For more information please contact Abigail Colley, Communications and Events Executive at PEAS: Tel: 020 3117 1918, Mob: 07783586899, Email: abigail.colley@peas.org.uk

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