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Globetrotting London Teacher On mission To Transform Children’s School In Ghana

A globetrotting teacher is rallying her former colleagues across the world to help raise money to rebuild the dilapidated school where she taught in Ghana.

Jaimee Perrett, originally from New Zealand and now living in London, hopes to raise enough money to replace the current ramshackle institution in a village in Tetrem.

With help from friends in Britain, New Zealand, Portugal, Germany, Bulgaria and China that she has made on her travels, Ms Perrett, who is currently a primary school teacher, said £15,000 would be enough to commence a build.

So far, she has raised more than £8,000.

More than 300 students attend the Good Foundation School where teachers arduously try to give the best possible education despite the circumstances.

Ms Perrett, 28, told the Standard: “To be able to provide a good structure would change their lives.

“They would be able to take in more students.

“They’d be able to do a lot more.”

On days where there is heavy rain, children have to leave the school due to the water leaking in or mud floors becoming sodden and slippery.

Staff have to focus on repairs for the building which was only designed to be temporary but has been used since 2005. This wastes precious time they could be working with children.

Photos of the school show run down structures, with crooked walls and precarious roofs surrounding dirt floors.

The pupils, aged three to 16, sit on a mismatch of ailing wooden furniture as they study.

She first taught at the school for four months in 2014 then visited again in 2017 and 2019.

So far, children at the school have made paintings and bracelets to sell in a bid to improve their teaching conditions.

She said people at the school “have been very emotional” in discussions of the project.

The school was described as more than a school and an integral part to the community as a central base.

So far there has been more than £8,000 raised through a fundraising page, which can be found here, and backing that is becoming Ms Perrett’s main focus.

The teacher is returning to New Zealand shortly, where she says she will find a new job and try to promote the funding page alongside.


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