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Couple on a mercy mission to school

A TIDBURY Green couple have flown out to a Bangladeshi school, bringing much-needed provisions to pupils.

A TIDBURY Green couple have flown out to a Bangladeshi school, bringing much-needed provisions to pupils.

Monika Badham, and husband Barry will be spending a fortnight at the Azad Choudhury Academy.

Opened in 2007, the project was the brainchild of a Birmingham restauranteur - who the college is named after.

During the two-week trip to the country, Monika will also be giving lessons to the youngsters.

“There’s a lot of poverty and the only children who go to school are those that can afford it,” said the 58-year-old.

“Fifty per cent of children minimum don’t have any schooling, they can’t even write their own name.”

Born in Austria, Monika trained as a teacher, but worked in the motor industry after she moved to England.

Now she’s got the chance to put her skills in the classroom to the test, helping teach English to some 450 pupils.

The couple will also be delivering supplies ranging from computers to basic stationery.

“It’s amazing how far a little bit can go over there,” she said. “Just £450 can furnish a classroom.”

And rotary clubs across the region have chipped in, raised over £14,000 for the project.

Ross Furby, from Solihull Rotary Club, said: “Monika is one of our newest members and we wanted to support the school.”

 

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