The trustees based in Cardiff, North Wales, Cambria and Yorkshire Dales
The 2020 year has started with a lot of hard work for Teacher Aid in order to provide the means of extending the support towards the
Nsobe Community School. Providing financial support to the school is our main purpose, however providing support directly to the school in Zambia by visiting
and supporting the teachers and pupils has become a matter of high importance.
Sadly the Covid-19 has prevented all our plans as well as the plans of all those hard working volunteers who regularly visit the school and do such a great work for the school. We hope to resume and continue our future plans with what ever means to at least try and complete some of the projects ourselves.
Maggie Beecher, the chair and founder of Teacher Aid has visited Zambia several times and Nsobe Community School became close to her heart when she visited Nsobe Bush camp with Mike in October 2013. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to support the school and help it grow to a beacon of education in an area where poverty and illiteracy thrived.
Mike Papadacos is the treasurer of Teacher Aid and apart from looking after the charity's finances is taking care of all the technical aspects, including the communications and the IT of the charity. He visits the school with Maggie on their annual trips to Nsobe and sometimes in May. His 2020 May trip was cancelled due to Covid-19 and hoping, that the November trip might be still on. On his last visit, November 2019, he installed badly needed solar panels in Fiona's house.
In July 2019, our Trustee Keith Smith led a team out to Zambia for Soapbox Trips com.
They worked with various projects in Ndola before coming to Nsobe community school. On the team where two psychotherapists who delivered courses on emotions to the older children over two sessions which where warmly received and provoked some interesting conversations which was educational for all.
The team also brought with them pictures children had coloured in from a school in the Lake District which through Teacher Aid is now twinned with Nsobe. This twinning is proved to be a real educational opportunity for both schools and has produce real excitement. We hope that other schools in the UK might take part in the amazing cultural experience. Soapbox team now sponsor the children they met, Its a really beautiful connection.
Judy Jamieson first visited Nsobe Community School during one of Keith's Soapbox trips to Zambia and has been a firm supporter of the school ever since. Her help towards the school has been invaluable and she has visited the school several time with two of her friends.
Sarah, our new trustee is also our social media wizard and promoted Teacher Aid on Facebook
Becoming a trustee or volunteer is a very rewarding and exciting position knowing that you can offer your skills and experience to help the cause of the charity you have chosen.The Charity Commission has prepared the guidelines of requirements for becoming a trustee. The following link to Charity Commission contains all the information necessary to become a trustee as well as volunteer: