TIC Sponsored Charity BOTH Prepares First Trip

Published on 25th June, 2014 by Owen Richards. Published in For Candidates / TIC News / Press Releases

TIC is proud to be an official sponsor of Broaden Out Their Horizons (BOTH) – a charity that brings students together from schools that share global partnerships.

This summer will see the first trip organised and funded by BOTH; a group of year ten students and four teachers from Islington-based Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School will be going on an exciting and demanding trip to South Africa. The girls were chosen by the Headteacher, Jo Dibb, through a highly competitive application and interview process.  They are all very impressive young people, with a lot to give and many strengths which will help them meet the undoubted challenges of this trip.

The students will be visiting Magoba School in a mountainous area of the Eastern Cape called Lusikisiki. They will be learning and experiencing how different the lives of students in South Africa are compared to the lives of students living in London. The girls will witness how lessons in South African schools are taught, and take part in some interactive teaching to demonstrate to South African students how education is taught in Britain. They will be meeting a lot of new people and be taken out of their comfort zones, offering a potentially life changing experience for all the students and teachers taking part.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students are also doing some of their own fundraising linked to the project. They have already had a ‘South Africa’ week at school which raised over £1,300, and on July 4th they are organising a talent show including performances by staff and students. Each student aims to be fundraising £200 and the money will be put towards a trip for a similar group of South African students to make a return trip to Britain to visit Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School. This return visit is planned for February 2015 and BOTH is currently fundraising to ensure they can bring back an equivalent-sized group of Magoba students and staff. 

TIC is very proud to support this incredibly worthy cause; a vision shared by its patron Helena Bonham Carter, who says: “I am very excited to be part of something that aims to give young people around the world the opportunity not only to share what they have in common with each other, but also to learn from their differences.”

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Owen Richards

Owen works in media relations and marketing. His main focus is working with the press on features about teachers who have moved overseas to teach internationally.