Rainford Sixth Form teams up with Thrive Africa to undertake charity work in Ghana

A group of Year 12 students from Rainford High’s Sixth Form are to embark upon a two week adventure volunteering in Ghana.

The group of twelve students have spent the last year fundraising for their trip and after all of their hard work are set to depart mid-July. For the past four years Rainford Sixth Form has supported the UK charity ‘Book Cycle’ by teaming up with the Ghanaian charity ‘Thrive Africa’ to provide libraries for schools in Ghana. Book Cycle, a local volunteer -run charity, seeks to empower children and adults both at home and abroad through the provision of free books. Thrive Africa then uses volunteers to turn classrooms and community spaces into libraries by painting and building furniture.

On the last project, the Rainford Sixth Form team were lucky enough to meet with one of the education ministers of the Ashanti district. The minister guided the team around a small centre consisting of two rooms, which is accessible by 350 schools within the area. This year the students’ project aim is to create Ghana’s first ‘STEM’ (science, technology, education and mathematics) centre and equip it with class sets of textbooks, STEM resources and equipment. The facility and equipment can then be loaned out to schools or classes who can also visit the centre. The centre will then cater for 350 schools, as it is the biggest district in the region.

The group aspires to positively impact the lives of the young children, hoping to give them the same opportunities in Ghana as they receive back home.

Written by Tara Butler (Year 12)