Staff at Peterborough company raise funds to train overseas teacher

Benson painting the school in Kabaka.
Benson painting the school in Kabaka.

Staff at a Peterborough company have been raising funds to pay for a volunteer at an overseas school to train to become a teacher.

Colleagues with the BGL Group, of Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, have been going out to Zambia for three years where the company funds a much-needed school in Kabaka.

Among the group were Holli Posnett and Nathan Still who three years ago met volunteer teacher Benson giving the local children support with their education.

They were so impressed they vowed to fund raise to support the education and training qualification for Benson.

Nathan did this by setting himself a challenge of running at least three miles a day, every day for a whole year meanwhile Holli set up a tuck shop in the office.

Now Benson has got his high school diploma, passed his university entrance exams and qualified for his second year of training.

Anne-Marie Coe, associate director with BGL, said: “Well done to Nathan and Holli, it’s great to see the continuing story of the impact of our international projects.

She added: “We’re working with Build It International to plan future projects and there is plenty more potential for us to help improve the lives of the children and communities in the years to come.

“In the meantime thanks to everyone who is supporting this year’s Zambia team with their fund raising for Linda School in Lusaka, where we’re building a science block to enable the children to progress in science and technology.”