Student supports literacy in Africa

A Stockton Sixth Form College student has gone above and beyond to support literacy development in a primary school in Central Africa.

Nell Carlin, 17, a former Ian Ramsey pupil, visited Equatorial Guinea for the first time in October 2014, seeing first-hand the classrooms and facilities young children were taught in.

An aspiring primary school teacher, Nell wanted to support the English-speaking school and provide them with books and resources to help each child’s development.

Since returning home, Nell set up an online campaign for people to donate unwanted books to the school and has amassed almost 1000 to send back to the children who she met last year.

Nell, who studies Psychology, Sociology and Applied Science, said: “It was overwhelming to see the school’s classrooms and library facilities and it made me realise just how little these children have.

“I was humbled by how welcome they made me feel and I was determined to help them. I used Facebook and Gumtree to encourage people to donate unwanted books and can’t believe just how many I have received.

“I must say thank you to Bewley Hill Primary School in Billingham, who, after a library refurbishment, donated hundreds of books to my cause. I am so grateful of their support.”

Nell will travel back to Africa in half term to present the books to the school.

Principal at Stockton Sixth Form College, Joanna Bailey, said: “Nell has shown unbelievable generosity and charitable spirit in this venture and we are exceptionally proud of her efforts.”

If you would like to help Nell and donate unwanted books to her cause, please call 01642 612611.