PDC UK would like all Painted Dog Supporters to be know that the First European Workshop On Painted Dogs will be held at GaiaZOO, Kerkrade, The Netherlands, on Sunday March 23 to Tuesday March 25, 2014. This is being hosted by the Dutch Charity: Sichting Painted Dog Conservation. The workshop will be conducted in English. Download the First European Workshop On Painted Dogs poster > (PDF)
Bishop Gilpin Primary School's pupils, families and teachers, have raised £3,500 during 2013 to fund the building of a teacher's cottage at Mabale Primary School in Dete. Supplying teachers accommodation is important to securing teaching staff in rural areas, these houses are funded from the school budget, competing with educational resources – a real dilemma. The primary school in Wimbledon, south west London, has been raising money for Mabale Primary school since 2009 and is committed to supporting the school with teaching materials, funds for repairs, sports equipment and other key equipment identified by the headmistress, while building links with Mabale through pupil-to-pupil pen pal letters, and yearly visits to the school by representatives of Painted Dog Conservation. Mabale is a poor, rural school and without decent accommodation for its teachers, it can't find and retain quality teaching staff, which is essential if the children are to receive a good and regular education. Bishop Gilpin raised the money throughout 2013 thanks to a series of initiatives and events including: stalls at the school fairs selling crackers and jars of sweets donated and made by the children; a 50k sponsored walk undertaken by parents; 'do a job for Mabale' weekends, where children do chores at home for money; donations by individual children who have sold home made biscuits, and even grown plants from seedlings ready for sale; creating a Mabale Bar during a summer event, where all profits went to Mabale; and the immense generosity of individual families. Since Bishop Gilpin's support of Mabale began, it has bought new doors and windows for school buildings, paid the deposit for electricity to be connected, supplied books and other essential teaching equipment, and provided clothing, shoes and books for the community as well as supporting a thriving pen pal exchange connecting pupils across the schools . For more information on Bishop Gilpin's support of Mabale, contact Kate Oppenheim.