Lara’s Foundation to help African school

Lara Jones, from Goosnargh, who died while travelling in Cuba
Lara Jones, from Goosnargh, who died while travelling in Cuba

A foundation set up in memory of an English teacher from Goosnargh is exploring a collaboration with Raleigh International to help fund a new school building in Tanzania.

Lara Jones, 26, died while travelling in Cuba last year.

A spokesman for the charity said: “The local branch of Save the Children will be our in country project partners.

“Tanzania has a two tier system of education. Primary school education is delivered in Swahili. Secondary education is taught in English.

“Progression to higher education therefore is dependant upon a person having a good standard of English.

“This is where Lara’s Foundation will come in.”

The charity said Lara’s mother, Carolyn Jones, would travel to Africa within the next couple of months to look at the location and build relationships with the community to ensure the scheme was an appropriate and fitting project for Lara’s Foundation.

As a TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Language), Lara had travelled across many South American countries and had talked of opening a school there.

In the wake of her death, her family set up Lara’s Foundation to honour the former St Francis’s Primary School pupil’s dream and to help people of low to no income learn English.