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Princess Beatrice Supports Ethiopian School in Children's Education Initiative

The royal is hoping to plan an upcoming visit.
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Princess Beatrice, amidst much public speculation of her new boyfriend, has broken her silence to share the exciting details of her latest charity initiative, the Northwood African Education Foundation.

In an interview with Hello Magazine, the Princess discussed the inspiring results of the foundation's Ethiopian school, St George's, that educates 353 children and how she hopes it can become a model for approaching education in Africa.

"The charity believes this is a model of charitable education that can be adopted elsewhere in Africa, so I hope this effort grows and grows and helps to change more lives and communities," said Princess Beatrice.

The Princess, who suffered from dyslexia as a child, has always had a focus on children's education and welfare as she is patron for other charities such as, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, Streetchild UK, and Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, among others.

"I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was seven and as I have said before, it was a struggle at the beginning of my school career," she explained. "It taught me the importance of great teachers and supportive parents who, above all, are ready and willing to listen to young people."

The young royal stated her desire to visit the school as she is so inspired by the progress at the school– whose average grade in all years across all subjects was over 90% and academic results were four times the national average.

"I would love to see the progress being made at the school and I'm talking to the charity about a trip," she says. "The results that we are seeing at St George's are incredibly inspiring, and it is helping the most vulnerable children in one of the poorest places in the world."

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The foundation was founded in 2011 by the parents, children, and staff of the independent school in south-west London, Broomwood Hall.

The school's formula of six-hour days, smaller class sizes of 25 children per class, and degree level teachers has heeded promising results. The foundation's next goal is to open a secondary school with over 700 children from the ages of five to 18.

"I didn't imagine for a moment that it would be as successful as it has turned out to be five years on. I'm absolutely amazed and inspired by what's being achieved," the Princess wrote in the foreword of the foundation's annual review. "I have little doubt that this generation of children will grow up determined to succeed and to bring real change to their families, communities, country, and continent."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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