Hull Collegiate School honoured at ISA Awards for International contribution

We are celebrating after winning the Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding Award at this year’s ISA National Awards.

L-R Host - Danny Crates, Carrie Mertens (External Relations Officer), Chris Wainman (Deputy Head), Matthew Adshead (ISA Chair)

The ISA Awards celebrates the success of its member schools and recognises the breadth and quality of provision in the independent sector. Hull Collegiate School was one of three schools shortlisted for the award and ultimately took home first place in the nationwide competition for its innovative Safi Coffee project.

The awards ceremony was hosted by former British athlete Danny Crates, who specialised in 800m sprinting. He is a former Paralympic world record holder in this event, and won gold medals in a number of international competitions, including the Paralympic Games, European Championships and World Championships.

Danny Crates

The Safi Coffee project is a charitable mission born out of the school’s partnership with Great Lakes High School in the Kanungu district of Uganda. The scheme sees the school import coffee beans from Kanungu which are then sold to local businesses in Hull.

A bag of Safi Coffee
Students sorting coffee berries in Uganda

All profits made from the sales are used to give the children of Kanungu vital access to education by providing them with funds to attend school – 60 children are currently being sponsored through Safi Coffee sales. The scheme also helps to sustain the jobs of hard-working local coffee farmers who are responsible for growing and cultivating the beans.

Students with Ugandan school children

Over the past three years, students and staff at the school have worked diligently to realise the Safi Coffee Project – from sourcing the coffee beans, to arranging adequate transportation, to forming a working relationship with Hull coffee roasters Lincoln and York who roast, grind and package the beans in the UK.

Barista training at Lincoln and York

Safi Coffee has grown from strength to strength and the school has managed to secure regular customers, including a London bank and an NHS café. Having seen the immeasurable impact that the project has had upon students and families in Uganda and in Hull, the school is looking to reach out to more businesses and see the project expand.

Dr Hamlet

The Honourable Reverend Dr Hamlet Mbabzi Kubushenga, founder of Great Lakes High School, said:

“Our relationship with Hull Collegiate and the Safi Coffee project has made a remarkable difference in that children that could be destitute on the streets of urban centres, are being educated to their highest potential.”

Pam with Chris Wainman

Pam Niwasasira, the school’s point of contact in Uganda, added:

“The Safi Coffee project is amazing. It changes lives. In addition to schooling, the factory where Safi is grown gives free seedlings to families to grow in order for the factory to buy them back once grown and ready to harvest.”

Chris Wainman, Deputy Head of Hull Collegiate School and Team Leader of the Safi Coffee Project, said:

“I am incredibly proud of all the students and staff at HCS who have worked tirelessly to ensure that Safi Coffee is successful so that as many children as possible have access to an education in Uganda.

“The project forms a central part of our commitment to delivering an Education with Character to our students as it teaches them the importance of giving back to the local, national and international community. This ISA award is thoroughly well-deserved and a testament to the continued dedication of all involved in the project.”

Alex Wilson, Headmistress of Hull Collegiate School, said:

“This is a wonderful achievement and I am so proud of everyone who has been involved in the Safi Coffee project.  Not only has this initiative made a tangible difference to the farmers and children living in Uganda, it has had a hugely positive impact on our students. It has taught them the importance of compassion, altruism and enterprise – attributes which we seek to instil in our students through our commitment to deliver an Education with Character.”

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