Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 8:41am

'If we don’t help, who will?': 12-year-old crowdfunds for 'dull and empty' school

'If we don’t help, who will?': 12-year-old crowdfunds for 'dull and empty' school

| By Eddie Bisknell

A Rochdale schoolgirl has set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise £1,000 to provide extra-curricular activities and improve facilities.

Malika Naz, a 12-year-old pupil at the Rochdale Girls School, created the page with her mum Rumana after noticing that the building needed several repairs.

The crowdfunder, set up on June 14, has already raised £680 from 21 donations for the school which relies on student fees and donations from the community.

“If we don’t help our school, who will?,” said Malika, who has just finished year seven.

“I would like to bring colour to the playground area by painting the benches in bright colours as it’s dull and empty.

“I would also like to plant fruit trees and flowers so in the summer children can pick fresh fruit to eat and a veg patch to help the school with meals.”

The funds are also to be used to buy equipment such as tablets and projectors at the Muslim faith school.

“Malika’s head teacher, Mrs Akhtar is very proud of her,” said Rumana.

"Rochdale Girls’ School is in need of your generous donations in order to fulfill the potential of our children, inspire them with great teachers and great teaching, instill British and Muslim values and make them the leaders of the future.”

"We would like to thank all our donors, past and present who have contributed to this charitable cause in order to ensure the success of our future generations.”

“The school tries to keep student fees to a minimum so that as many pupils as possible can afford to attend, instead of boosting student fees to cater for further expenditure.”

With this money the school could also train staff further to provide the best education possible and provide extra-curricular activities and clubs to pupils to make them "more rounded and confident."

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