Teacher Aid is a small charity of volunteers working tirelessly in Zambia to help uplift rural communities through education. The trustees are in direct contact with, and are the main supporters of Nsobe Community School, helping to build it into the hugely successful “model” complete school it is today.
We are teaching the girl school leavers silver service waitressing, equipping them with a post school useful skill Our support fund is the backbone of the school, from which the majority of the teachers are paid, 5 being funded by the government. To build up the support fund we are constantly inviting people to come on board to support a child or a teacher through a monthly Standing order. We raise funds in different ways and encourage others to hold fundraisers too..please see the “Fundraising” page. We find grants for buildings through funding bodies. We visit Nsobe once or twice every year, reading with the children, discussing matters with the older pupils. We install computers, electrics, the jungle gym, monitoring teachers for the Head Teacher.
Here in Cardiff we refurbish computers, send out books and do anything and everything asked of us to help the school become what it is today. Our close contact through email and Whatsapp with Fiona, the founder, has been paramount in achieving great results from 16 children in 2009 to 450 in 2021. Together we have concentrated particularly on the education of girls having funded the building of No 1 Safehouse, with No 2 on the horizon plus a dormitory for girls. We feel the Safehouses are providing the best environment possible for learning, and the most vulnerable girls showing good academic promise are loving living in comfortable, safe surroundings.
The Government recognizes and acknowledges this model school, with many visits from Officials who never fail to show their surprise at the high standard of education and the ever-present wonderful atmosphere of pupils and teachers. Together with Nsobe, Teacher Aid has played a small part in exploiting the many skills that these children are showing. They are growing into sociable, polite individuals with all the skills needed to succeed in life. Teacher Aid intends to replicate this project elsewhere in due course.
"Through a partnership and strong friendship with Nsobe Community School staff and pupils" Teacher Aid is playing a small part in alleviating poverty through offering quality life-changing education in rural Zambia.
We support Teachers and facilitate the growth and development of quality schools where vulnerable children could not access education before, offering hope through an educated and empowered future.
Few Charities support secondary school education – we are passionate about ensuring that students (especially girls) complete school so that they can access tertiary academic or vocational training and secure future employment or wealth generation through entrepreneurship.
Teacher Aid is based in Cardiff and is a small charity run completely by Volunteers with no admin costs so that every penny raised gets 100% to the projects we support.
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today" Malcolm X
Maggie Beecher Founder and Chair
Maggie created the Teacher Aid support fund and later incorporated the Child education sponsorship scheme, which is steadily growing. Continually looks for funding for various projects and grant applications. Organizes fundraisers – the annual Gower yomp and at least 1 other During the year. Personally visit the projects at least once a year, building relationships With staff and pupils, checking on school standards and project Development, taking lessons and inspiring students.
Mike Papadacos – Trustee and Treasurer
Keeps perfect records for HMRC!
Set up solar electricity and Computer lab in the Secondary school. Resourced 40 laptops, refurbished at base, installed educational software programmes. Did IT instruction locally.
Teaches good electrical practice to all at Nsobe. Bought and shipped from Japan the school bus for educational field trips and more. Bought a small car for lighter and more local journeys.
Set up a projector and screen in the new Assembly Hall
Converted a small classroom to an audio-visual room in Primary School,with educational TV, 10 refurbished laptops with benches and stools.
Keith Smith Trustee
Brings annual teams of Volunteers to Zambia. Full of Energy and Fundraising ideas Fundraised for 2 jungle gyms for younger Primary children.Started the Days for Girls Project bringing packs from Arnside and having ladies deliver the course, On his Zambian visits he delivers football training sessons, organizes Drama, Crafts, Songs, Ukulele lessons and outdoor games. He collects and distributes donations from rugby shirts, school jumpers sent from Carnforth High school, Football kit, footballs, football bibs, Stationary, supplied 30 Ukuleles. Linked a Cumbria School with Nsobe
Judy Jamieson - Trustee
Visits Nsobe whenever she can Teaching Sign language, arts and crafts etc when visiting. Inspiring and loving children.
David Pedwell our main volunteer
David is a retired executive Primary School Headteacher. He has experience in linking international schools with Welsh schools. Global Citizenship is part of the curriculum. He has become a valuable asset of our charity by advising and guiding the Headmaster and teachers of Nsobe Community School. Developed successful educational and charitable links with schools in the Gambia, Zambia, China, Brazil, Italy which included teacher and pupil exchanges. His school achieved the prestigious gold International Schools Award and on four occasions gained the Wales Quality Award for its work on global citizenship and international development.In 2010 David’s international work was formally recognised when he was presented with an inaugural Welsh Government Award by the then First Minister, Carwyn James, for service by an individual to Wales.
Simon Whipp – Volunteer Fundraiser
I worked at the FCO as an engineering manager and my wife Chris ran a large school science department in Northampton. We are worship leaders at our Church and volunteer at a Child Contact Centre. We retired in 2017 and went to Zambia with “Soapbox” * where we worked in Ndola at the Oasis orphanage and Mountainside School. On our second trip to Zambia we also worked at Nsobe Community School where we met Maggie and Mike. We also served at a centre for young mums and their babies in Uganda through the LIFT organization. Northampton, Chris is a trainer and I am a Trustee for a Woman’s Refuge. These are all fantastic Christian-based projects, led by inspirational people.