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  • Building schools in Africa: does it make you a terrible person? part 2

    Photo by Liv Unni Sodem

    The answer is — no! Wow, glad that suspense is over.  I was seriously on the fence, but I reached out to some charitable organisations which build schools in Africa and was bowled over by the enthusiastic responses I got back. Do communities even need schools? The first worry with international development is that westerners […]

  • Investigation
  • Building schools in Africa: does it make you a terrible person? part 1

    Schoolchildren

    Holy clickbaity title Batman, let’s get to it. My school used to run a field trip to South Africa. Kids got to spend a week out there helping to maintain a school for something like £1000. It was the first volunteering trip I decided to go on. I was about 15 years old. That year, the older kids […]