Three schools in a poor area of the capital city of Ghana, with over 600 students and only a handful of books for them to read. How can children discover their world; how they become inquisitive, learn language skills, be competent readers - with no books? When the children beg you, plead with you to give them books, what are you to do? With the help of Mainfreight New Zealand, RATA collected and gathered 13 pallets of books from around NZ and freighted them over to Ghana. It took over a year, but now the three schools all have libraries. We call this a ‘Ripple of RATA”- just one of those things we have done, because we know it will change those children’s lives and make their schooling so much more meaningful.

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India July 2016 Recap

In July 2016, we took 9 kiwi teachers to work hard with our Indian colleagues. The curry and mangoes were great, but even better was seeing the enthusiasm the teachers have for learning and the dedication they have to be teachers of excellence is awesome. It was a privilege to be working in India again. … Continue reading India July 2016 Recap


Part 5: Equipping a future generation

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