EduCrate https://educrateinternational.com Educational Empowerment Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:29:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://i1.wp.com/educrateinternational.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/cropped-Educrate-Favicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 EduCrate https://educrateinternational.com 32 32 103479821 An Unexpected Connection https://educrateinternational.com/2017/01/3565/ https://educrateinternational.com/2017/01/3565/#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:43:18 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3565 An in-depth description by Luke Attwood of his experiences in Nairobi and the initial connection he facilitated between EduCrate and Kileleshwa School. My Name is Luke and I have lived in Brighton for several years, I came here to study and after leaving my course, like so many others I decided to stay and make […]

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An in-depth description by Luke Attwood of his experiences in Nairobi and the initial connection he facilitated between EduCrate and Kileleshwa School.


My Name is Luke and I have lived in Brighton for several years, I came here to study and after leaving my course, like so many others I decided to stay and make Brighton my home. The environment is so easy going here that it can sometimes feel like a bubble, hard to see beyond the confines of your perfect world, it’s easy to forget that life is not so convenient for most of the world’s population. With this in mind I made a decision to go and see something new, a chance encounter with my auntie who was based in Kenya gave me an opportunity and within 2 months I had dumped my possessions, left my job and was on a plane heading for Nairobi.

A sprawling city, with large scale building projects seemingly round every corner, Nairobi is growing, and fast. Having only been developing for the last 150 years or so I was staggered to see the speed in which infrastructure was going up. The contrast between those with money, large companies and foreign investors, and those without, local tradesman and farmers is vast. To me the chasm between the two worlds didn’t seem to be shrinking, if anything it was widening. Those who can afford it move up in the new word through education and better job prospects while those who can’t are sidelined and the task of breaking into a newly established capitalist society becomes hard, if not impossible. I knew I wanted to learn all I could and help in some way, even just by seeing, understanding and spreading the word to those who would listen.

Being in a strange city where the the rules are different to Brighton’s laid back atmosphere, it was a tough few months trying to decipher how I could find a place to be of use. It was at a time when I felt most disillusioned with myself and my reasons for being there that I received a message from Jemma, a good friend and founder of EduCrate. She told me about the charity she was starting, explained its aims and asked if I could maybe source a school to be the pioneering contact for it. Now I had a purpose. 

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The breakthrough came from a boy called Emmanuel, he is the son of an amazing couple who work for my auntie and uncle. I am eternally grateful for the kindness they showed me during my time there, in fact all the staff and people I met were warm and welcoming. I had many talks about life in Kenya for everyday folk, hardships faced regarding education, payment of school fees and acquisition of materials. As an illustrator I had a supply of pens and books with me and I was always remember the look of amazement on Emmanuel’s face when I gave a him an animal book and some pens, we spent hours that day drawing and colouring an elephant and it will remain one of my fondest memories of Kenya. That day I decided to speak to Emmanuel’s school and I went to find it the next morning.

Kileleshwa is a wealthy part of Nairobi, houses are large and gated, High rise blocks of flats dot the area and the roads are clean and safe, nestled in the middle of this affluent area is Kileleshwa School. Sad to say but the surrounding wealth does not trickle down to the school, the majority of people living in the area send their children to private schools. The body of students is made up of children of those working for the wealthy in the vicinity. My first of 5 trips to the school was beautifully intense, I was welcomed with open arms by Kaleb who looks after the school and mans the gate by day keeping the children safe. A friendly man who always has a smile, a trait I found omnipresent in Kenyan people in general, he told me about the students. I was heartbroken to hear that 50% of the students were orphans, often from situations where access to simple medical care could’ve saved a loved one. Many travel many miles everyday to reach the school on foot, there is no school bus or transport of any kind as there isn’t the funding to provide one.

After an hour or two of chatting I had to find my way to the head teacher whose name was Rebecca. Rebecca is remarkable woman, affable and kind hearted, having only been there a year she is new to the school and has big plans to change the image of it in the local area and attract more students. The task is not an easy one as funding is minimal and the problems substantial. We walked around the school and she highlighted her goals and things that needed attention. Half of the buildings were in disrepair and unsafe to use, this the school is running at half capacity which affects levels of government funding. She has dreams of converting some buildings into places for orphans to stay as the journey is long each day, it would provide a safe place in which to live and be educated. Even in classrooms that are ok to use there are windows missing, broken blackboards and furniture and I noticed a lack of books, posters and educational tools.

One of the many bare classrooms EduCrate wants to fill.

As the children come from less privileged backgrounds the school provides food for them all, there are crops being grown but the levels needed are hard to keep constant, sometimes, I was informed, this is the only meal a child will have that day and so keeping supply levels up is vital to the survival of the school and its students. When we discussed what EduCrate could realistically offer at this early stage I was pleased to hear that books and equipment would be most welcome. I was shown the library which did contain some material, but most books were years old and there was not a large selection. Pens, pencils, paper, notepads etc were in short supply and it is a constant battle keeping everyone equipped. I felt terrible saying I could not, at this stage fix the buildings, buy a bus or source more uniforms, however the idea of boxes full of books, stationary and educational tools being delivered was enthusiastically welcomed and I knew it would be a great benefit to all those who study and work there.

I am so pleased to say that resource boxes have been shipped and good deal of money raised by the team for new ideas. My only regret is not being there when the first box arrived, to see the excitement and joy brought to the faces of the children and see the equipment being put to good use. It is just the beginning of the relationship and many new chapters will unfold, I hope to be a part of it somehow, to go back and spend some more time with the people I met. EduCrate is doing a wonderful thing and it is solely reliant on peoples good will and effort to help drive it forward. If you are reading this please remember it when you throw away a pen or a book because its old, think of all the people who do not have that luxury and the teams working hard to change that. Keep up the good work guys, and thank you for letting me be a small part of it.

‘We cannot thank Luke enough for his dedicated assistance last year, it’s people like him who inspire us at EduCrate to do better and to do more.’– Jemma, EduCrate Founder

If you think you can help us in any way please email our founder- jemma@educrateinternational.com

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Summer Fundraising- Team Norris runs for EduCrate! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/09/summer-fundraising-team-norris-runs-for-educrate/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/09/summer-fundraising-team-norris-runs-for-educrate/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:56:31 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3535 Huge congratulations and thanks to Team Norris who fundraised over £300 for EduCrate by completing the Brighton Adrenaline rush. That money will go directly to paying for our next crate of resources to be sent out to our pioneer Away school in Nairobi. Thanks so much! We’ve been taking a break from event fundraising this […]

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Huge congratulations and thanks to Team Norris who fundraised over £300 for EduCrate by completing the Brighton Adrenaline rush. That money will go directly to paying for our next crate of resources to be sent out to our pioneer Away school in Nairobi. Thanks so much!

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We’ve been taking a break from event fundraising this summer but some regulars of the Fountain Head Pub in Brighton decided to raise some money for us and spend the 20th of August completing a tricky 5km long obstacle course in Stanmer Park, Brighton. Team Norris consisted of Craig Harris, Adam Harris, Sian Edwards, Kathryn Joyce, Mia Atkin, Ellie King, Adam Riley and our founder Jemma Sheppard, who all wanted to attempt something mildly athletic whilst raising a bit of cash for a local charity.

The day started with an anxious journey to beautiful Stanmer Park, just outside Brighton, and it emerged that (mostly) everyone had prepared well and had a restful night’s sleep. Numbers attached and sporty gear on, they were ready to take on whatever obstacle the Adrenaline Rush team had in store!

“The Adrenaline Rush challenge was just that! A great rush and an incredibly tough day. However the team were spurred on to complete the course with the knowledge that we were raising money and awareness for EduCrate, an incredibly worthwhile cause that helps students across the world’’ – Craig Harris- Team Norris Captain.

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The course took the team over high walls, under army nets, through tiny spaces and bouncing over giant inflatables, all of which pushed the team and ensured they had a good laugh at each other along the way! The team finished triumphantly, holding hands together whilst they rushed towards the final obstacle and knowing that the pub lunch they we were all awaiting was now very close.

 

“I am the manager at The Fountain Head and have supported Jemma and her charity since the team launched it in January.  I think it’s a wonderful cause and think EduCrate deserve lots of support.  The day itself was a lot of fun but a challenge too; we pushed ourselves and managed to raise a fair amount of money for the charity in the process, well worth the aches and pains the days after!” -Kathryn Joyce- Manager of the Fountain Head Pub, Brighton

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We hugely appreciate Team Norris fundraising for us at EduCrate. It keeps us inspired here and motivated to keep working on EduCrate with the dream of us assisting more and more schools around the world and helping to balance the educational scales so that more children living in poverty can thrive. The money raised from Team Norris will pay for around 300 books, educational and story, to be sent out to our partner school Kileleshwa Primary, in Nairobi. Each crate costs around £300-370, depending on weight, to be sent out and we’re preparing the next crate to be sent out within the next week!

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The students of Kileleshwa, 50% of whom are orphaned from HIV, also need clothes and other basic supplies. Therefore, we collect a range of items to help them in their overall lives- you can click here to find out what we’re currently looking for and how to donate. In the last 6 months, we’ve sent out nearly 1000 books, 400 pens and pencils and a large number of clothes, toys and games. The head teacher, Rebecca, is extremely grateful for our involvement and we’re looking forward to watching her students grow over the next few years and go on into successful employment.

‘’A big thank you for the crate you sent most recently. We really appreciate it; the students together with the teachers were very very excited with everything inside- rulers, pencils, pens, story books, etc. You are wonderful and we cherish you as a true friend to our Kileleshwa fraternity. May you excel in all your endeavours. Love your friend, Rebecca’’ – Rebecca Anyonyi- Head Teacher of Kileshwa Primary School, Nairobi.

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We would love for you to choose us to fundraise for in the future. As a grassroots organisation we can ensure that the money goes directly towards students in need and not on salaries. If you’d like to know more about what our aims are, come and see us at one of our open weekly meetings, join our volunteer platform to find out when, where and to get involved, the more of us the better!

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You can also email our founder directly at jemma@educrateinternational.com 🙂

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Join our Team! – We’re looking for new Trustees https://educrateinternational.com/2016/06/join-our-team-were-looking-for-new-trustees/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/06/join-our-team-were-looking-for-new-trustees/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 21:29:13 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3502 Passionate and dedicated individual wanted to increase the sustainability of a budding grassroots charity; EduCrate International- aiding international development in schools worldwide. Are you someone that wants to be part of something new and can contribute to our growing community of trustees and volunteers, all of whom have made the founder’s dream of EduCrate becoming a […]

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Passionate and dedicated individual wanted to increase the sustainability of a budding grassroots charity; EduCrate International- aiding international development in schools worldwide.

Are you someone that wants to be part of something new and can contribute to our growing community of trustees and volunteers, all of whom have made the founder’s dream of EduCrate becoming a charity real? Read on below to find out what skills and experience we at EduCrate are in need of and how you can apply.

About EduCrate: The EduCrate team all believe that access to an education that can enable you to thrive forward into a fulfilling life is a human right. It is a travesty that in 2016, children all around our planet are still unable to educate themselves out of poverty because of corruption and inequality.

EduCrate’s mission is to support students worldwide by providing sustainable links between schools in both stable and unstable economies, promoting global awareness and advocating educational equality.

This passion for equality is driven by the immeasurable educational waste that sits in UK and other developed nation’s schools. There are mountains of disused textbooks, cupboards of functional equipment and shelves of stationary all gathering dust, EduCrate is distributing it to be used again.

We:

  • Seek out ‘Away’ schools around the world who do not currently receive sustainable financial support and partner them to a ‘Home’ school who can supply educational resources, teaching & learning support and want to promote global citizenship.
  • Create bespoke partnerships that are mutually beneficial and advocate educational equality.
  • Ship surplus educational resources from the ‘Home’ schools to the ‘Away’ schools.
  • Fundraise via local events through corporate partnerships and our volunteer programme ‘EduMates.’

What we need: EduCrate International is in the initial stages of development.

We need a Trustee with relevant skills and experience, a hands on approach and shared vision. We’re looking for people from a range of backgrounds and industries to help EduCrate continue its mission and reach as many students in need.

Specifically, we are looking for Trustees who have experience in any of the below fields: The charity sector, Marketing, PR and advertising, Logistics and HR.

Time commitment: Full board Trustee meetings are held monthly, in Brighton. Although applicants living outside Brighton who are willing to support electronically & attend meetings less frequently are welcome to apply.

In addition, there is the expectation to communicate with the Trustee Director and or CEO once a week.

The term of a Trustee would be a one year’s minimum commitment. Apply by sending your CV and short cover letter expressing your reasons to get involved to jemma@educrateinternational.com

Help us to continue to our work and expand our charity, please share this with anyone you feel may fit the criteria.

Thanks so much to those already involved, you are doing such great work.

Jemma

Founder & CEO

 

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Volunteering changed my life! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/05/volunteering-changed-my-life/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/05/volunteering-changed-my-life/#comments Mon, 09 May 2016 18:26:07 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3440 It probably sounds a bit dramatic to start off my first blog post by stating that working with EduCrate has changed my life –but it’s true! I’m the newest trustee to join the team and didn’t even know who EduCrate were until Christmas just gone. And since then, my life has just been a whirlwind. […]

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It probably sounds a bit dramatic to start off my first blog post by stating that working with EduCrate has changed my life –but it’s true! I’m the newest trustee to join the team and didn’t even know who EduCrate were until Christmas just gone. And since then, my life has just been a whirlwind. Working with this group of fun, passionate and engaging individuals has rejuvenated me and brought me back to working in area I have always been interested in, but never quite seemed to find the time to do.

A chance encounter in a pub during my work Christmas party is how I got involved. I got talking to a friendly trustee and found out about EduCrate and the great work they were doing. I have worked in international schools’ partnerships before. I was part of a big British Council project linking schools in Brighton and Hove with schools in Malawi. I spent time visiting schools in the capital of Lilongwe and building up links between the schools. We hosted visitor teachers back from Lilongwe schools back over here and it was an amazing thing to be part of. But then I moved jobs, had a baby, got a promotion…. life got in the way and I didn’t think about it for a while. However, I’d always missed it and wanted to do more.

I remember going to my first meeting as an ‘EduMate’. I was so scared. I knew one of the trustees fairly well but I was petrified he wouldn’t be there and I’d make a fool of myself. Or everyone would hate me. It sounds silly now looking back on it. I’m an educated professional. I talk to big groups of people everyday as part of my job but I was scared of walking into a pub to talk to a small group of like-minded individuals. I nearly turned back a hundred times. But I didn’t. I ended up having a great time, laughing and joking with some great people and becoming more and more interested in what they were doing.

It grew from there really. As an EduMate I’ve done some strange things from sourcing fruit and water for a football tournament; schmoozing bands to get them to play at EduFest; getting my class to make bunting; packing crates; and developing schemes of work for UK schools to use to learn more about the project. I couldn’t stop being involved and was thrilled when Jemma asked if I’d consider being a trustee to work on building the school links. Again, that was another scary meeting where I had to present myself to the group. But they – no we- aren’t that scary and really rely on volunteers to help build EduCrate into something fantastic.

I love being involved. I’ve met an amazing group of people who I admire greatly. We work hard but play hard too and it’s opened my eyes to some fantastic things!  I’ve helped put on a music festival on a beach and most recently spent the night watching ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to write clues for a treasure hunt round Brighton. How often do you say this is part of your life? I’m inspired again and really believe in our mission to help empower students.

You might not want to do as much as me. We’re all rushed off our feet and have complicated lives. I’m as busy as the next person but it’s a better busy now –rather than just looking at shoes and make-up on the internet. Come to a meeting and see what we’re all about and tell us what you have to offer. I promise I’ll smile at you at your first meeting-  I know how scary it is!

Naomi –new trustee on the block!

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We’ve done it! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/04/3365/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/04/3365/#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 17:55:52 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3365 It’s been an anxious couple of weeks at EduCrate HQ. When we first came together in November 2015, we said from the start that if the only thing we accomplish is sending just one crate of educational resources to a school in need, then that would still be a great accomplishment. Since then, we’ve spent many […]

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It’s been an anxious couple of weeks at EduCrate HQ.

When we first came together in November 2015, we said from the start that if the only thing we accomplish is sending just one crate of educational resources to a school in need, then that would still be a great accomplishment. Since then, we’ve spent many weeks becoming frustrated and confused as to how it could be so difficult to ship one crate out to our partner school in Nairobi? Logistics are not our strong suit it turned out. At first we couldn’t find a logistics company that would answer our questions, then we couldn’t get anyone on the ground to collect it, then we spent hours trying to find a solution to having to manually input export codes…it’s all a very dull and laborious process. Eventually, we pressed ‘buy’ and we were able to sit together and pack the donated resources into our huge wooden crate. The team and I stared at this crate full of storybooks, toys, clothes & stationary, we were so pleased with what we’d been able to put together, then the fear came. What if someone opens it? What if it goes missing? What if we’ve wasted people’s donations of time and money?

It took 7 days for confirmation that it had reached Nairobi airport, some of the longest days of our lives! We just needed to get it to the University of Nairobi who are assisting us in distribution, and then we knew all was well. Another 7 days came and went, Rebecca (our partner school head teacher) emailed to say she had finally received her crate. What a relief.

The joy that came with that email almost matched the despair we felt when we received her first email asking for help. Rebecca is someone trying to educate the next generation of Kenyan children out of poverty, her determination to succeed is hugely admirable but how she maintains it I am unsure. The Kileleshwa school functions off just £8 per term for 300 students. £8. It is simply mad.

The last email I have from Rebecca will forever be my driver to continue to work that we’re doing.

‘A very BIG thank you for the crate. Sincerely we have really appreciated. We don’t know how to thank you enough. But may God bless you with so much to continue with the same spirit. I received and put the crate before the students to witness the opening. Looking forward for a long term relationship with you. For sure you have demonstrated to a true friend of Kileleshwa primary school.
Again thank you!’
We cannot be thanked without thanking those who have supported us. We are a team with ambitions to ensure educational surplus gets distributed to those in need, but we cannot do what we do without the practical and emotional support of the Brighton community and our close friends & family. Huge thanks to Bidlogix for sponsoring the crate.
Look at these photos and recognise your contribution. If you came to one of our events, donated your time, money or resources, you have done good. We thank you.
Watch this space for more updates, events and opportunities to get involved.
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Written by the very content Founder & CEO of EduCrate- Jemma
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We’re packing up our next crate this week! If you’ve got any disused story, reference or educational books, children’s toys or games, please get involved on our FB page to donate them to the students of Kileleshwa school.

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Out the Box Take Three: Our First Comedy Fundraiser https://educrateinternational.com/2016/04/3357/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/04/3357/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:20:58 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3357 After the sell-out success of our first two fundraising events, the stakes were high for EduCrate’s Out the Box: Comedy Night. With eight of Brighton’s best comedians on the bill and an excellent venue to fill, it was my turn to make sure the evening all went to plan. Scheduled for the night before the […]

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After the sell-out success of our first two fundraising events, the stakes were high for EduCrate’s Out the Box: Comedy Night. With eight of Brighton’s best comedians on the bill and an excellent venue to fill, it was my turn to make sure the evening all went to plan.

Scheduled for the night before the first bank holiday of 2016, EduCrate’s first comedy fundraiser was held at Brighton’s The Joker. Located in the heart of Preston Circus with an ever-growing reputation on the comedy scene, we couldn’t have asked for a better venue. With the date set and the location confirmed, next up was to finding acts to perform.

Our excellent line-up of comedians was down to Ben Carter and Michael Mooney. Both aficionados of Brighton’s circuit, they helped us, in their free time, to put together an eclectic mix of the city’s funniest people: James McDonell, Henry Ewins, Rebekka Turner, Ben Carter, Michael Mooney, Joe Foster and Dan Fardell.

An absolutely massive shout out to Ben who helped EduCrate tenfold: he designed the poster, had a sound and light technician on hand for the night and put us in touch with the Joker. Without Michael’s experience, contacts on the circuit and helping me put together the timings the night could have fallen flat. A huge thank-you to you both for making the night a success.

And a success it was. We matched our last two fundraisers by selling all early bird tickets and we raised over £400 – that’s enough to ship three more crates over to Kileleshwa School in Nairobi. Drawing in a different crowd from previous events thanks to each comedians’ loyal followers, we asked each act to share the event on their social media platforms; this helped us a lot to spread the Educrate word to those unknown about our aim to empower pupils worldwide, turn waste into want and democratise education.

Holding the night together in true style was compere and EduCrate trustee Theo Evans. Adorned in a boiler suit and with a crate full of mystery ‘prizes’ to give to each comedian, Theo set exactly the right tone for the evening. The rest of the EduCrate trustees also made the night run smooth: be it collecting up the answers from our interactive round (we asked the audience ‘what do you wish you learned at school?), keeping an eye on the timings for each act or handing out raffle tickets for our next event EduFest, they were all brilliant.

Our next event EduFest is on the 23rd April @ Fourtune of War, join us for eight hours of music from Brighton’s most talented musicians.

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EduCup – First Footy Fundraiser! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/03/first-footy-fundraiser/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/03/first-footy-fundraiser/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:23:45 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3175 As it’s my first post I thought I’d quickly mention why I became involved with EduCrate. I really believe in the core idea of helping prevent educational waste in the UK and in helping under-funded schools around the world make use of these resources. I also joined because of the inspiring passion and enthusiasm of […]

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As it’s my first post I thought I’d quickly mention why I became involved with EduCrate. I really believe in the core idea of helping prevent educational waste in the UK and in helping under-funded schools around the world make use of these resources. I also joined because of the inspiring passion and enthusiasm of the other trustees and of the founder, Jemma Shepard. My background is in sports and the arts, and my aim is to help diversify both how we fundraise and what we can offer to our overseas schools. This means hosting active and engaging events, such as football tournaments and sports days that will both make money and spread our message to a broader audience. It also means trying to include a wide variety of different educational resources in the crates we send out, such as sports equipment and playing kit.

The EduCup!

Sunday the 7th February ended a momentous weekend in worldwide sport: Leicester won emphatically at the Ethihad to stake a real claim on the 2016 Premier League title; The 50th incarnation of the Superbowl was watched by 112 Million global viewers; and of course, EduCrate hosted its first 5-a-side football charity fundraiser.

The tournament was attended by 10 teams and made a total profit of £340 for the charity. We owe a big thank you to Luke Terrill and Simon Tunley of Sussex Sport for helping make this happen. We also want to thank the staff of Falmer Sports Complex for their friendliness and help on the day, and for the use of their brand spanking new 3G pitches.

We would also like to thank The Victory Inn for supplying us with a crate of Kronenburg, which was graciously won by Red Eye Jedi. Entering the tournament at the very last minute and turning up late didn’t stop the Jedi’s making light work of the competition, conceding only one goal throughout the whole day. Their professionalism could not be faulted when it came to kit however, although if they take their power from their smart uniform yellow this did not help the equally well-clad teachers of the Longhill School Staff team, who finished second from last after a spirited 9v10 (‘Loserbowl’) game against a team of Sussex Ultimate Frisbee Freshers, El Shaarawys.

There was a free geography lesson given by Barai FC, the Malaysian All Star team, proving that Malaysia must be a prettttty small place. 

An exciting semi-final between office based team DC’s Stormers and another group of 5-a-side rounders, Grown Ass Men (Ironically named in their fresh faced youth), ended with a dramatic penalty shoot out that was only settled when the keepers stepped up to finish things, Will Hammond the baby face hero of that game.

It was also a grown ass man who scored Goal of the tournament with a peach of a volley, that gave the Frisbee Fairies keeper, Joe Butler, little chance of even seeing let alone saving the ball! Meanwhile ‘shorts of the tournament’ were unanimously awarded to the pink articles sported by the man-giant and title player from J-Feels and the Easy Pleasers. Finally an honorable mention goes to the Couchsurfers, the only team to score (with a stunning solo effort!) against the eventual winners, Red Eye Jedi.

Along with their beer, the Jedi’s took home the superb home-made trophy (courtesy of some Age UK tatt and my box of paints), seemingly confident in their ability to defend their title at our next tournament, on Sunday 3rd April.

After feedback regarding Sunday morning hangovers we have courteously booked the pitches a little later for April, and with an extended time of 12:00 – 17:00, we hope to expand the tournament to 12 teams. And while we won’t have the loud and bemusing spectacle of two university American football teams battling it out behind our pitches, we will have proper referees this time. As ever prizes will be supplied by a local bar or booze merchant, while the trophy will be home made but glorious.

Sign up here for the 2nd Edition of the EduCup, April 3rd 12:00 at the Falmer Sports Complex!

 

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Oh What a Night! https://educrateinternational.com/2016/02/oh-what-a-night/ https://educrateinternational.com/2016/02/oh-what-a-night/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:21:56 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3138 Am writing this with a huge, if surreal, smile on my face. Last week we put on our launch event at the Fountain Head Brighton, and it surpassed all our collective hopes and ambitions. The evening started with a series of talks by local experts and we were thrilled to start with Alan Lester from […]

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Am writing this with a huge, if surreal, smile on my face. Last week we put on our launch event at the Fountain Head Brighton, and it surpassed all our collective hopes and ambitions.

The evening started with a series of talks by local experts and we were thrilled to start with Alan Lester from Sussex University. Alan shared his knowledge of the Opium Trade and engaged the crowd with his passion and interesting insight into how we look back on the Britsh Empire today.

We we moved on to hear from Mike Cohen, a Plato enthusiast, who presented us with a inspiring theme into what reality truly is and what Plato had to say about it. A vast subject to explain in just 10mins but he did a grand job.

Post-drink break, Sam Moffett, an English Disco Lovers spokesperson, enthralled us with their ‘don’t hate, gyrate’ movement ethos and how we can try to erradicate extreme views through a shared loved of disco and of course glitter.

All three speakers gave us their time for free and provided the sold-out event with the opportunity to satisfy their thirsty brains and do good for us just by being there. Massive thanks to all three gentlemen involved, we’d love you back again in the future!

What at followed can only be described as comedic, sparky, glitter-fest of quizzing! 12 glittered up teams embarked on a journey of modelling animals with human jobs, general knowledge qs with a twist and speed origami to name a few rounds! The vibe was wonderfully endorsed by our very own MC Theo Evans and the rest of the EduCrate-int team who did a great job of looking after everyone and keeping up the pace.

Our winning teams couldn’t have been happier with their prints of Brighton and the South Downs and the Brighton 2016 calendar, amazingly donated by Finn Hopson, who runs the Brighton Photography Gallery near to the ever growing 360 Tower in Hove. Special thanks also need to Mr J-Feliz for musically hosting us with his vibrant mix of funk, soul and disco!

The most enjoyable part of the evening for myself, was standing back and watching so many people I know in the crowd, alongside my incredible team of trustees, getting on board with our cause and sharing in our passion for educational equality. We raised just over £300 in total, which will pay for 2 large crates full of educational resources donated from our Brighton partner schools and the stationary donated by our quizzers during the evening.

It’s difficult to imagine what a difference those resources will make to our school in Nairobi, that literally doesn’t have one pen to share amongst it’s 300 students. Thank you all so much for being there with us and supporting our cause.

Over the coming months, OUT THE BOX! will be putting on a series of unique events including a comedy night in March and a mini-festival of local music on the beach in April. Check our events page www.educrateinternational.com/events for more info and how to buy your tickets!

Thanks again all.

Jemma

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How we made our website https://educrateinternational.com/2015/12/how-we-made-our-website/ https://educrateinternational.com/2015/12/how-we-made-our-website/#comments Tue, 22 Dec 2015 14:11:55 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3058 For my first post I thought I would give everyone an insight into how we have managed to put a decent looking website together for pretty much nothing. I will try and not get super geeky and hopefully this can act as a bit of a guide if you are looking to set up your […]

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For my first post I thought I would give everyone an insight into how we have managed to put a decent looking website together for pretty much nothing. I will try and not get super geeky and hopefully this can act as a bit of a guide if you are looking to set up your own. On that subject if you need a site and dont fancy doing what is outlined below just give me a shout and for the cost of a Crate I will set up a website for you.

1. Get a domain

First step is one of the easiest. Hardest part is probably settling on the actual name for the domain. There are though a ton more available now that TLD’s have been expanded, .co, .guru and so on, which has made things quite a bit easier. There are a million and one places to buy your domain from. My advice would be rather than go for the cheapest, look for one which will also give you webspace at that will make things much more straightforward when you start to create your website.

2. Get webspace

As mentioned above most domain name providers will offer you the ability to configure an application on webspace that they provide. This normally is an additional yearly or monthly charge.

What’s an application? An application is a package of code which you can use to run your website. We use WordPress, which is the code behind millions of websites worldwide, but there are plenty of other alternatives out there such as Drupal and Joomla. These are all open source projects so are free to install.

Most providers now offer one click install for publishing applications, so as I mentioned above, using your domain provider to provide webspace is normally the easiest way to get something up and running.

Due to the way EduCrate started we did things slightly differently. The domain was already purchased and our corporate sponsor was able to provide us with webspace, which we used to install WordPress on.

3. Change DNS records

This is a step you will not need to do if you have used your domain provider to also provide your webspace.

If however you have used another service once you have installed your application (in our case WordPress) you will need to change the @ and www. A record on the DNS of your domain to point to the IP address for your application. Sounds more complicated than it is! Here is a useful guide on DNS.

Feel free to give me a shout if you are having problems with this, I have reluctantly become a DNS ninja in the last 5 years!!

4. Install theme

So at this point (if you are still reading) you will now have a website with the basic WordPress theme. Logging into the admin (or backend) of your WordPress site can be done by going to www.example.com/wp-admin – this screen will then ask for your login details which you would have set up when you configured the application.

There are millions of themes available online. Some free some paid. They will do all the heavy lifting in terms of user interface coding and allow you to put something together really quickly that looks super cool. Picking a theme can sometimes take forever, my advice (as always) is to keep it simple, get something out there and spend time finessing later down the line.

For EduCrate we used the amazing woothemes.com theme called Peddlar. The licence for this was donated by Bidlogix.

5. Install plugins

Another great thing about most publishing applications is that you can install plugins or extensions to the base framework.

With wordpress there is a plugin for pretty much anything you can think of. The way this tends to go for me is: research, install, configure, test, uninstall and then install something else! As with themes I always try and keep it simple, otherwise you can end up with plugins coming out of your ears!

It would take quite a while to go through all the plugins we are using (clearly not practicing what I preach) so will probably do another post about that soon.

6. Install E-Commerce

This bit is really the clincher and gets to the heart of what most people want to do online! Sell stuff!

One of the reasons we use WordPress and woothemes is woocommerce. This is an e-commerce plugin that allows us to take donations online and sell tickets.

Other applications have e-commerce plugins but woocommerce is by far and away the market leader, and its free!!

7. Configure Payment Gateway

Out of the box with woocommerce you can accept Pay Pal payments. We decided as they charge 3.4% plus a transaction fee that we would shop around for a better deal. So we decided to use Stripe who charge 1.4% plus 20p transaction fee. The only downside to this is that you need to secure your site with an SSL certificate.

8. Configure SSL

Depending on the payment gateway you are using you might need to secure your site with an SSL certificate. This can be pretty intense, however some providers offer a fairly straightforward installation process if you are using them for your webspace.

At EduCrate we are using Cloudflare (more on that in another sleep inducing post) but an amazing perk with using them for your DNS is that you get SSL certs for free!! Which is awesome as they can cost up to £100 a year.

9. Emails for your domain

So if you are still awake and you have done all the above the next thing you are probably wanting to do is to provide all of your employees/helpers/family/passers-by with an email address for your domain.Google apps is your best bet here, I’m open to other suggestions but not going to post the reasons to use them in this post as it will take all night!

We have not done this yet as we need to become a registered charity before Google will give it to us for free. I have searched high and low for a free alternative but I can’t find it and to be honest I would be surprised if anyone could match the service Google provide.

That’s it from me for now. Will be posting about more geeky stuff in the future so be sure to follow us to get update.

Would you like a website?

If anyone would like a website set up, please feel free to get in contact, will cost you a crate though!

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We’re now social! https://educrateinternational.com/2015/12/were-now-social/ https://educrateinternational.com/2015/12/were-now-social/#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2015 21:20:39 +0000 https://educrateinternational.com/?p=3015 After last week’s productive meeting we’ve now launched our social media channels so everyone online can be instantly in the know of EduCrate-Int’s happenings, plans for 2016 and success stories!  As an international project, being part of global social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will help us sustain important links with UK schools and […]

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After last week’s productive meeting we’ve now launched our social media channels so everyone online can be instantly in the know of EduCrate-Int’s happenings, plans for 2016 and success stories!  As an international project, being part of global social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will help us sustain important links with UK schools and our followers from all over the world to develop an active online community…we can’t wait. We’ve got lots of exciting plans ahead including SM competitions, live Q&As with people associated with EduCrate-Int and much more…but for now if you want to join us use #educationalempowerment and keep checking out our social platforms.

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