Computers put to good use in The Gambia

IMG_0732[1]During DMU Square Mile project officer Amy White’s visit to The Gambia with #DMUGlobal, she spent time with an organisation called The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP). They are a women’s rights organisation who fight tirelessly in the area of sexual heath and rights. Special emphasis is given to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to raise awareness of the harmful traditional practice around the world. Continue reading

Help us connect with the community

Community engagement is essential to the DMU Square Mile. Our aim is to connect De Montfort University with the community. We achieve this by offering our students unique opportunities and supporting our academics through ongoing projects whilst assisting to promote their research studies.

Since beginning in 2011, Square Mile thrives at being in the heart of the community and supporting major events that effectively bring people together. The team are present at many of the city’s major festivals including: the Big Lunch on Rally Park, Leicester Mela, Western Park Festival, Cosmopolitan Carnival and Our Leicester Day, just to name a few.

To demonstrate what we do effectively, we like our students to get involved and spread the word! After all, the hard work of students is what makes DMU Square Mile so successful.


Volunteer and Masters Student, Anqui Lin, loved helping out at The Big Lunch event earlier this year: 

“As a volunteer, I was there to help with the Square Mile community café and serve the freOur amazing Square Mile volunteerse tea, coffee, juices and water to the community members. It was such a pleasure to talk to the individuals, and see them enjoying themselves. Everyone I spoke with had big smiles on their faces, and was very friendly to myself and my fellow volunteers. I felt so happy and privileged that I could take part in this fantastic event and do something positive for the community.” Read more of Anqui Lin’s blog post here


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If you would like to volunteer to help spread the word and demonstrate the work of Square Mile at major city events please visit our events page and sign up to our student mailing list here.


Logging Hours
All Square Mile volunteering hours can be logged online via MyGateway. You can log your hours weekly or monthly. It is essential that you keep track of all the hours you have contributed to Square Mile volunteering opportunities. Please ensure that you input all of your hours into the MyGateway form in order to receive your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and Square Mile certificate of achievement.


 

Basketballers needed!

Basketball 2Every week DMU Square Mile provides basketball coaching and sessions with Leicester Riders as part of their Shoot 2 the Future scheme. Around 40 young people come to the QEII Leisure Centre or the John Sandford Sports Centre for the sessions. The project is supported by Leicestershire Police, DMU Square Mile and coaches from Leicester Riders.

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Tackle homophobia in sport

Bq-dM50IgAA_2cqDMU students are being offered the chance to train in skills to work with sports coaches to tackle homophobia in sport. Leicester LGBT Centre was successful in obtaining funding to run this project with the Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation and DMU Square Mile. The Tackling Homophobia in Sport (THIS) project’s main aim is to work towards eliminating homophobia from sports.

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Transform the local environment

 

DMU River Soar clean-up 2014Opportunities to work with the Square Mile community to transform the area around the canal in the west end of Leicester are available. DMU has joined forces with national charity The Canal and River Trust to offer students opportunities to take part in the Square Mile canal clean-up project which aims to have a huge, positive impact on the local environment. 

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Make a difference in India

Many young people in India, particularly girls, drop out of education due to a lack of toilet facilities in their schools.

In 2011, India’s Supreme Court ruled that every public school must have toilets. However, a study by Indian children’s rights organization CRY, found that one in 10 schools still do not have basic facilities and only 18 percent of schools have separate toilets for girls. In a quarter of all schools with facilities, the toilets are in a bad condition or unusable.

Last year, the drop-out rate among girls in the 7-16 age group shot up, when over 14% girls went missing from schools – particularly in rural parts of India. Findings of a national survey also said that poor facilities in government schools, namely a lack of toilets, continue to push girls out of mainstream education because they feel so vulnerable.


The aim of the project:

The idea for this project was put forward by DMU Vice Chancellor Dominic Shellard who was deeply moved by what he had witnessed during a visit to India in March this year. This project works with Daly College, in Indore, the International Round Square charity and #DMUGlobal to build new washrooms in at least eight schools and teach English or share skills, in academic year 2014/15.

DMU students will raise awareness of this global issue in the United Kingdom by working with schools and organisations in Leicester. They will also lead fundraising activities towards building the toilets. Some students will get the opportunity to work on the project in India with Daly College with DMU Square Mile as part of the #DMUGlobal programme.

DMU Square Mile Homework Club India aims to work with Daly College, Indore, to facilitate the building of toilets in Indore, India, to help address this issue. The project will also support children who want to learn and enhance their English grammar. The project will deliver a series of fundraising activities through Leicester schools and at community events led by DMU students. The aim is to raise up to £20,000 to build washrooms at primary schools in India with students of Daly College.


What our first trip to India achieved:

Six of our dedicated volunteers were given the opportunity to travel over to India and turn the hard-earned fundraising money into a reality. The team of Square Mile volunteers and Daly college students worked together to successfully build a fully functional washroom for a school in Indore. Alongside the building element of the trip, the volunteers were also provided with the opportunity to attend the schools lessons and learn what life is like for students in Indore. They were also offered the chance to explore the Indian culture further by travelling to the local village and interacting with the community whilst touring sacred and remarkable landmarks.


What we plan to do next:

The next step for our Washroom Project is to return to India and build further washrooms. We are currently looking into collaborating with our talented DMU Engineering Academics to create sustainable energy to run the facilities by incorporating solar panels onto the washrooms.


Bavia Dulabh, DMU Square Mile International Frontrunner, describes life-changing trip to India:

“We felt part of the Daly College family. The participation in this pDMU Global in Indore Indiaroject was truly inspiring. We actually built a toilet that will give better education for Indian children in few days and assessed the efficiency of our construction by listening to the verdict of the local children. The feedback from them was positive and the most rewarding part was the enthusiasm they had just by being next to us.” Read more of his blog post here

 


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Interested in making a difference in India? Then sign up to our outstanding opportunity to learn about community development and carry out work that will have a positive impact on hundreds of young people.

 

>> INDIA WASHROOM PROJECT APPLY HERE <<


Logging Hours
All Square Mile volunteering hours can be logged online via MyGateway. You can log your hours weekly or monthly. It is essential that you keep track of all the hours you have contributed to Square Mile volunteering opportunities. Please ensure that you input all of your hours into the MyGateway form in order to receive your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and Square Mile certificate of achievement.