About Us

The Marlborough Brandt Group MBG was set up in 1981 by a committed group of people living in and around Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK, who responded to the publication of the Brandt Report ‘North ...

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Experience the REAL Gambia

WGEC runs an annual teachers' study visits to Gunjur, The Gambia and literally hundreds of teachers from Wiltshire and beyond have benefitted personally and professionally from the experience of ...

Projects

Vision: To support TARUD to alleviate poverty and hardship faced by the community of Gunjur In 1990 MBG started several development projects in Gunjur and the surrounding area based around health ...

Setting up School Links

Linking schools in Wiltshire (and beyond) with schools in the Gambia is at the heart of what we do at WGEC. For any school that has been involved at any level with school linking, whether with a ...

Small Business Development

In common with many international development agencies the focus of MBG and TARUD's work in Gunjur has focussed on women's development. We have been involved in a women's literacy and numeracy ...

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School projects

Global-green-fingersGlobal Green Fingers

Global Green Fingers is a new, 2014 project funded by Awards for All. We are working on it with WISE (We Inspire Sustainability Education) with schools in the Westbury area to support them in developing Global Gardening Clubs. What makes these Clubs different to the usual school garden projects is that they will all incorporate ideas and techniques from Africa, as well as explicitly promoting sustainable approaches to gardening. They will also have an element that engages with the school's wider community.

Some schools have already got plans for making Ugandan 'keyhole' gardens, and for growing foods that also grow in Africa. Others are going to make water tip-taps, to demonstrate innovative approaches to hygiene and water conservation, and we may even see a greenhouse made of recycled plastic bottles. The whole project will culminate in an African picnic day in July, when schools will showcase their activities and enjoy food and music from The Gambia.

World at Work

WGEC was delighted to be awarded funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to manage the World of Work project which will be running in 6 Trowbridge Primary Schools from January to June 2014. Our partners in this project are WISE (We Inspire Sustainable Education), Trowbridge Museum and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre based in Chippenham.

The project will match the four schools to four local industries in the town and will give children the chance to make the local/global connections which are on their own doorstep. They will trace products in and out of the area and meet people who have been brought into the area from abroad, starting with the arrival of the Flemish weavers up to present day migrations of people. They will take part in a Memory Week at Trowbridge Museum and search through census information at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre to find out how the demographic of their town has changed.

They will interview local people who have spent their working lives in the town's industries and through connecting with real people's lives will come to understand the human stories behind the statistics. Their results will be recorded and blogged, to be stored on both our website and at the end of the project at Trowbridge Museum.

To follow each school's progress please visit our World at Work Blog.

World at Work Final Event June 2014

The four particpating schools met for a final event in June to present their research and findings to an audience of parents and teachers. This gave the pupils' a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their learning and showcase all their hard work. There were some really creative ideas displayed and the children gave very confident and informative presentations.

Walwayne Court Display

  

  Walwayne Court Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mead Display

 

 

The Mead Community Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

  

West Ashton Display

 

West Ashton Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holbrook Display

Holbrook Primary School