High school will support female education charity

CHARITY SUPPORT From left, Daisy Turnbull, Anna Mackay, Lara Bird and Blythe Scoates
CHARITY SUPPORT From left, Daisy Turnbull, Anna Mackay, Lara Bird and Blythe Scoates
Cllr Steve Wemyss, Paul Huntley, Alistair Thompson, Father John Maunder and Sammy Barcroft Picture: Vernon Nash

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FEMALE education is to be championed by a girl group at a high school.

Portsmouth High School’s Head Girl team officially announced it is supporting Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, as its chosen Sixth Form charity this year.

The team will spearhead fundraising activities throughout the year to generate money and raise awareness of their chosen charity.

In an assembly for the whole school, the team announced its decision, and the girls said they believed passionately in education for everybody.

Portsmouth High School is part of a wider group of schools known as the Girls Day School Trust, or GDST.

Head girl Anna Mackay, 17, said: ‘A trip to Zimbabwe in 1990 was a revelation for Ann Cotton, a GDST alumna, and marked the start of an organisation that has supported more than three million children and young people in the poorest parts of Africa.

‘As a team, we were inspired by her story and want to support the charity, Camfed.

‘We aim to raise £10,000 this year. If we can do this we can send 50 girls to Senior School in Africa which would be amazing.’

Mrs Cotton, founder and president of Camfed International, said: ‘I visited Zimbabwe in 1990 and I’d never seen such levels of poverty.

‘I spoke to many people in the community and found they were united in their desire for the education of all children, they just didn’t have the means to pay.

‘However, I had no idea of the level of resistance we’d get from the international community.

‘They told me educating girls ran counter to traditional culture, but I’d met the community, I’d spoken to the chieftains, men, women, everyone, and I knew this was wrong.

‘What emerged was the Campaign for Female Education.’

Anna added: ‘We are so privileged to have an education and we want to help others to achieve this too.’

Portsmouth High School’s Charity Week will take place in November and is organised entirely by the sixth form.