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Around the world in a Tuk Tuk for education

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 01:33

Two teachers travel the world in a tuk tuk to raise awareness about the importance of education. Marie Claire Fennessy reports.

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It's the journey of a lifetime for two British teachers and their Tuk Tuk. Rich Sears and Nick Gough are travelling across the world to raise awareness and promote the importance of education. With 57 million children worldwide still out of school in 2011, it is an issue close to their hearts. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TUK TUK TRAVELS MEMBER, RICH SEARS SAYING: "And what we are doing is a very small thing, but we hope that it will be able to have some kind of impact in the lives of children around the world." Racking up an impressive 20,000 miles, they are just over half way through their journey. As they go, they search out educational projects which they can raise funds for. One of these is St Matthews Junior School in Kenya. Here school fees are low at $2.50 dollars a month, but many children attend for free as their families can't afford to pay. Nick Gough explained resources are a big issue for many schools. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TUK TUK TRAVELS MEMBER, NICK GOUGH SAYING: "You often have three or four people sharing a pencil, so you have to right down the answer to the question and pass on the pencil and wait for it to come back round to finish the next question of the test." There have been a few challenges to overcome along the way... But the two childhood friends feel it is important to follow your passion. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TUK TUK TRAVELS MEMBER, RICH SEARS SAYING: "if everyone thinks, wow I could just go and do something and follow what they are passionate about then real changes could happen and it could be really exciting."

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Around the world in a Tuk Tuk for education

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 01:33