Winners of the 2015 VIBE Challenge visit Gunjur

Over October half term, the brilliant winners of our 2015 VIBE challenge from Pewsey Vale School spent an exciting ten days in the Gambia, bringing their idea of making tiles out of waste plastic bags from invention to reality. Below is a report of that visit.

Initial contact was made with the plastics group on the second day of our visit and we were all hugely impressed with the amount which has already been collected – numbers varied between 2 and 3 million bags but whichever, it was a lot! The impact on the village has been incredible – in 18 months, the village has been completely transformed and parts of the village which were basically large rubbish dumps have been cleared, in some areas into productive areas for cultivation.

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GTTI students pass with flying colours

Congratulations to the group of eight students who have all passed their first year finals at the Gambia Technical Training Institute in Serrekunda. These are the first wave of students to benefit from the Business Entrepreneur Scheme launched in 2014.

Buba Touray, the business programme manager reports:

"We have finally confirmed from the Authority at Gambia Technical Training Institute that all our eight continuing sponsored Students, have successfully passed their final examination with a flying colours. As results all of them have now been promoted to the advance levels. Following receiving their final examination results and their official invoices for the new academics year, I am totally impressed with their level of performance and also their punctuality and regularity is very encouraging. In conclusion, I think they should be commended for their hard work, commitment and dedication for producing an excellence results, and also the credit goes to MBG for supporting these students with full tuition fees and the travel allowances, which of course is making a huge different in their lives."

September 2015


Global Spotlight Winners


Well we say it every year but this competition just gets hotter and the children never fail to amaze us; 7th July saw the final of Global Spotlight competition at The Platform in Swindon.

This year, five teams gave inspiring presentations in front of an audience, which included dance, raps, plays, songs, and animations on themes of Climate Change, Fairtrade, Children's Rights, Industry and Animal Extinction. The standard was incredibly high and the judges felt that the maturity that all teams displayed in response to some rigorous questioning was impressive. In the end, it was the team from Westlea Primary, with their presentation on Children's Rights who won the day. Eleven lucky children and their teacher will be visiting their MP, Robert Buckland on 15 July in the Houses of Parliament, and will be asking him what he can do as an MP to promote the Rights of the Child.

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