Gratnells, the Harlow-based manufacturers which provides advanced systems and services to schools around the world, has continued its support of educational charities by providing a range of storage trolleys and trays to Gecko on the Move; a UK based not for profit organisation aiming to enhance teaching quality in Tanzania.
Gecko on the Move, founded by primary school teachers Celi Harper and Huw Roberts, provide workshops to Tanzanian primary school teachers in order to demonstrate good teaching methods and strategies. Their vision is to bring teachers and children together, to connect, discover and create, through mathematics. The aim is to improve the quality of mathematical learning for children in resource constrained schools and communities through teacher training and resources.
Gratnells and Edx Education work collaboratively in the middle east where Edx manipulatives are partnered with Gratnells trays and inserts, then supplied to teachers in the form of CPD training. Edx Education supports Gecko on the Move by supplying a range of maths manipulatives, designed to help teachers teach and encourage children to engage in hands on learning.
Gratnells donated a Double Callero Plus Trolley, a Treble Callero Plus trolley and a selection of trays, inserts and lids to the charity, to help them keep their valuable teaching manipulatives safe, clean and organised. Since the donation, Gecko has revealed that the trolleys, trays and inserts have made a massive difference to the organisation.
Gecko on the Move co-founder Celi Harper says, “We are currently using the donated Gratnells trays for sensory play with the children. The Callero Plus trolleys and trays make our daily tasks much easier to facilitate and we can’t wait for the teachers and children to get more and more involved with this equipment each day”.
Richard Picking, Gratnells International Marketing Director, says “When Gecko on the move was brought to our attention, we were keen to help. We were confident that our product range and What’s In My Tray activities would be beneficial to the cause, so we are delighted to hear the trays and trollies are assisting the Gecko team and Tanzanian teachers in their daily tasks. We have received some lovely imagery since the donation and it is clear to see the children get much more out of the products than just storage”.
Gratnells has since made a second donation to the charity, which is due to arrive in Tanzania in mid-April 2019.
Back in the UK, Gratnells remain heavily involved with the promotion of STEM subjects in schools and has sponsored the Science Technician of the Year Award for the best part of a decade. The company has recently supported campaigns such as F1 in Schools, 4x4 in Schools and the Year of Engineering. The company has developed key relationships with educational institutions in the Harlow area, providing opportunities for students to tour their impressive facilities – including the chance to see some of the exciting Powder Coating, Injection Moulding and Laser Cutting machinery that produces the classroom tools and equipment they see and use every day.