DEC Appeal for East Africa

Published on 19 July 2011

As you may be aware from recent press coverage, East Africa is currently facing its worse drought for more than sixty years, with some parts of the region not having seen rain for over two years. The issues are familiar to Year 12 geography students who studied the impacts of climate change on Africa as part of their Year 12 course and to some of the group who have chosen to study issues surrounding food security as part of their research paper for Year 13.

Whilst the current situation provides them with a valuable case study into the causes of food insecurity, as a group we also considered that it was an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues with other students in the school and to ask for their support for the DEC appeal.

Year 12 geography students will be running several stalls at next Fridays Sports Day to raise money for the appeal. Students can choose to have their face painted in their house colours to support their team, guess the number of sweets in a jar or buy cakes made with Fairtrade ingredients baked by the Geography students and their teachers.

As is so often the case, it is children who are worst affected by the unfolding crisis in East Africa and we hope that students in the school will do all they can to support our efforts to raise money for the appeal.

Mrs S Austin
Head of Geography

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