VIBE Challenge Winners

Pewsey Vale Team

On 8 May, the final of the WGEC VIBE challenge competition was held at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, supported by the Arkleton Trust. You may remember that this was a 2 stage competition for secondary schools. The second stage, which followed Gambia workshops in schools, invited the teams to pitch to a team of business 'dragons' for £500 worth of notional funding to set up an environmentally friendly and sustainable small business in the village of Gunjur.

We were so impressed by the presentations by the four teams from Abbeyfield, Nova Hreod and Pewsey Vale who had clearly worked extremely hard, done amazing research and thought very critically about how their business ideas – which ranged from bike rental to a village tourism enterprise and a 'Bags for Life' business – could be put into practice in the Gambia. In the end, it was a team of 5 (Year 10!) boys from Pewsey Vale who walked away with the amazing prize of a week's visit to The Gambia to try and turn their business idea 'Poly-Silica Solutions' into reality.

Their idea of collecting the plastic which litters the village and turning it into roofing and floor tiles was astounding – they even brought us along some samples they had made to prove how it could work. So brilliantly well done to them and to all the other teams that took part. We are hoping to repeat this amazing competition in 2015/6 so look out for information in future eBulletins. Expressions of interest now will ensure your school gets to take part - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Read the article in Gazette & Herald Pewsey Vale pupils head to The Gambia after winning competition