Local teacher preparing for Kilimanjaro challenge

Peterhead teacher Stephanie Grant with one of the children she met on her volunteering trip to Africa
Peterhead teacher Stephanie Grant with one of the children she met on her volunteering trip to Africa

A teacher from Peterhead is preparing to take on Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of an African Community Education Programme.

Stephanie Grant will begin her climb on December 20 and is aiming to reach the summit on Christmas Eve.

The former Central School and Peterhead Academy pupil spent three weeks in the Kilimanjaro region of Moshi, Tanzania, last month volunteering with African Impact.

Stephanie said: “I wanted to do something useful with my time off during the summer holidays.

“My days consisted of teaching English to locals, including members of the Maasai tribe.

“I spent time in the nursery school teaching English by singing and playing games, and I also volunteered at a special needs school and old folks home.

“I worked with a tourism college teaching English so that the locals have a better chance of getting jobs in the hotels that surround the Kilimanjaro region.

“Their way of life in the past was based on farming and they lived off the land without needing much else, however due to the area becoming a tourist hot spot this way of life is dying out and they need to learn other skills to support themselves.

“Education does not come free or cheap in Tanzania, so the fact that African Impact are providing free education, only by a constant flow of volunteers, is the only way the locals of this small community can hope to further their knowledge of English.”

Speaking about her climb, Stephanie said: “I have set myself a target of £3,000 which will get a reading corner and books in each of the nursery classrooms and a security fence for the old folks home to stop desperate locals stealing their food supplies.

She added: “Teaching in Africa was like nothing I had experienced before. These children are so happy and content with what they have as they have never experienced anything else.”

To donate to Stephanie’s Kilimanjaro challenge fund visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/StephanieAfricanImpact.