We would like to invite you to support our fundraising efforts by becoming a giver on the giving machine website. So many of us shop online these days and by doing your shopping through the giving machine website, you can make donations without actually spending any additional funds.
When you go through the website, the retailers provide a small fee to ‘The Giving Machine’ which then forwards the fee on to The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust. You simply need to register as a giver and nominate “The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust” as your charity. You do not need to enter payment details onto the giving machine website www.thegivingmachine.co.uk and for convenience you can download a ‘shop and give’ reminder that alerts you whenever you enter a retail site that is part of the giving machine family.
All your favourite retailers have signed up as well as many major charities. Please consider fundraising in this way!
Keeping true to his commitment to girls’ education, His Excellency President Brigadier General (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio has on Tuesday 17th April 2018 committed his government to a new global goal of achieving 12 years of quality education for all girls by 2030 during a meeting at the Queen Elizabeth 11 Conference Centre in London.
In a statement at a meeting organised by the Commonwealth Women’s Forum on the theme “Towards a Common Future – An Empowered Future for Women and Girls”, President Bio told the audience that: “Education creates vast opportunities for any country to reduce unfair income distribution, increase choices for all and create a strong ladder of opportunities for all. We all agree that education creates awareness and helps to sustain democracy and peace.”
Amongst the benefits of educating girls, President Bio also mentioned that educating girls delivered large health benefits as educated women have fewer children and the children they do have are healthier. He went on: “I therefore commit my new Government to deliver 12 years of Good quality education by 2030. I commit to ensuring that Girls, Children with Disability and other Disadvantaged Groups have Equal Opportunities to complete the full cycle of Primary and Secondary Education.”
“I am making this commitment to Action because I firmly believe that Free education is the bedrock for sustainable development and long-term peace. By this Action we are fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4, i.e “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning,” President Bio ended.
The 2030 new vision for Education is part of the Girls’ Education Framework working towards ensuring that girls in Commonwealth receive quality education and have the skills they need to lead and succeed. The commitment by President Bio demonstrates the seriousness his Government attaches not only to education but specifically to girls’ education.
We are really sorry to let you know that we will not be holding our usual carol service on the 1st Sunday of December. Regretfully, the Trustees will be unable to meet, greet and thank our supporters and friends this year. Hopefully, the carol service will be re-instated in 2018.
We wish you all a merry Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous and happy New Year!
In 2016, our Patron, Dame Linda Dobbs, supported TLBPET in forming two new partnerships, Build on Books and Book Aid International.
Subsequently, Build on Books in a recent shipment, donated 20 boxes of books which were distributed to the Rural Education Community Primary School.
Earlier, the Trust had commissioned a lockable, mobile book cabinet for each classroom to house these and other books. The cabinets were completed in February 2017. However, with the Head Teacher’s discretion, presently they are not operational because the classrooms/windows need to be made secure. Through further funding provided by the Trust, work is being undertaken to complete this part of the project.
Friends and supporters gathered once more at the Norbury Baptist Church for the annual carol service on December 11.
Despite the absence of the host Pastor, David Coram, and the guest singer, Jojo Philips, due to illness, we opened the Christmas season with joyful and lusty renditions of many old favourite carols under the musical leadership of Derek Vincent on the piano.
Once again we were grateful for the numerous individuals who agreed to be readers, patrons and collect the offertory. Several others kindly stepped in at the last moment for those delayed by illness or traffic; namely—Princess George, Beverley Bowen, and Christiana Hyde.
Revd William George ably conducted the service once again.
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Cecilia Thomas’ moving address drew parallels between the work she and her colleagues have been doing among vulnerable young people in London and the impact of the Trust’s work with schools in Sierra Leone.
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The latest version of our newsletter was distributed at the event and hard and soft copies are still available. There was a lot to celebrate this year—two book shipments to the school in Hamilton and excellent results on the Primary School Leaving Examination.
Members of the congregation gave generously and with the addition of donations from those who were not able to attend, we hope to surpass the £1000 we raised last year.
Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust is holding its annual carol service at 3:00 pm on Sunday 11th December at the Norbury Baptist Church, Semley Road, London SW16 4PS.
As always, we would like you, your family and friends to join us for carols, hot drinks and mince pies. It is always a friendly, relaxing and fun event and a good opportunity to keep you informed on what the Trust has been doing.
The funds raised from this event will go towards stocking classroom libraries in the school in Hamilton Village that we are in partnership with. With the help of BookAid we were able to make a delivery of books to the school this summer and another shipment of books and toys will be delivered in November; this time in collaboration with Build on Books. We were able to raise £1000 last year from the collection and generous donations from supporters and friends, and with your support, would love to match or exceed that amount this year.
You will be updated when the programme is finalised but in the meantime ask that you please put the date firmly in your diaries. Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 11th December at 3:00 pm.