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John Higgs Awards

John Higgs, founder of The Arkleton Trust, worked in The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations with David Moore before becoming Secretary of The Duchy of Cornwall until his death. Arkleton is the name of his Scottish home which, in the early days, was used for seminars. The John Higgs Fund seeks to…

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2019 – Invitation to Apply: Voices from the Margins

Update: 20th February 2019 Expressions of interest are invited from organisations or institutions whose aim is to support marginalised indigenous groups from rural areas looking to self-organise in order to leverage greater sovereignty and control over their lives, and livelihood opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to, the means of exerting control over natural…

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Ismaila the Welder – Pre and post the BE REEL business workshop

When we first met Ismaila, a welder, in 2016, he was trying very hard to establish his business but was always running from one thing to another; had little idea of how to cost a job, and was struggling to make ends meet. Pre training: Ismaila had started a welding business in 2015 with a…

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Lamin the Trader – Pre and post the BE REEL workshop

Lamin is a school teacher, barber, and retailer of printing and other services. Since the training he has felt he can expand his business. Pre training: Lamin is a school teacher (morning shift) at Gunjur Upper Basic School and has a small shop at the marketplace where he does photocopying, typing, printing, battery charging and…

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Sulyman the Electrician – Pre and post the BE REEL workshop

Sulyman is an electrician who also has a shop selling electrical parts (sockets, wire etc). Pre Training Before the training Sulyman had completed his electrical training and had a shop close to the turntable in Gunjur. The shop had very few items in it for sale and he did not have regular customers for his…

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Ousman the Restaurateur – Pre and post the BE REEL workshop

Ousman is a chef who wants to run a restaurant and catering business. Pre training: Ousman is a trained cook (with pastry as a speciality) and previously worked in hotels for 11 years having left high school in 2005. The salary was very low and he could not make ends meet so has started his…

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Content of the BE REEL Business Workshop Training

From the research-evidenced aims for the programme and the process for the training, the content of the training evolved to include the following, designed as a Gambia-centric logical journey of development. The training initially builds self-awareness, taking participants from insight into their own individual strengths and weaknesses, through what their business idea is, to what…

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BE REEL – Project impact and the sharing of knowledge & expertise

As sustainable businesses are established in the village it will produce a more positive reason to stay in the villages rather than take “the backway” to Europe to seek income for their families. At the moment the loss of the youth to the backway (many loosing their lives and others being placed in detention centres)…

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Place Based Education

Helping children and young people understand and  value their communities : developing an international  ‘place -based learning’ collaborative. “It’s not often an event makes your soul think”   Symposium evaluation form Plockton, a small lochside village in the North West Highlands of Scotland was the venue for a small symposium in November 2013, bringing together educators…

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Agribusiness

Nakuru County is part of the region that was previously referred to as the “white highlands” because it was home to many European large-scale farmers during the colonial period. There are still large-scale farms in the area, some of which are owned by Kenyans and others by ex-patriots. We visited a tea plantation with an…

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