Rotary tea for African education

As you will know if you have been following the work of the project in recent years, we have set-up an education project in West Africa that aims to give local school children the opportunity to learn about wildlife and conservation. The project, which is co-ordinated in Africa by Gambian bird guide Junkung Jadama, has enabled students from three schools to learn more about Ospreys and other wildlife through a series of talks and fieldtrips. The work, which has included purchasing computer equipment and optics for use by the students, has been funded by a series of sponsored events and fund-raising activities.

Students from Tanji Lower Basic school enjoying a fieldtrip using optics provided by the project

Junkung Jadama and a student at Kartong school using a laptop funded by the project

Having successfully piloted the project in three schools, we now plan to extend it to other parts of Gambia and Senegal. With this in mind, we are very grateful to Stamford Burghley Rotary and Ladies Inner Wheel who have just donated £300 towards the project: money they raised by holding a Bridge Tea. We’ll be using their money to help fund further field trips over the coming months. This, we hope, will help the students to develop a greater understanding of bird migration and the need to project species like Ospreys, during the winter.

Michelle Househam (left) and Tim Mackrill (right) with John Foster from Stamford Burghley Rotary club who have kindly donated £300 to the project. John also happens to be a Rutland Osprey Project volunteer!