Graduation gowns give Ugandans hope

Erica Drew, higher education manager; Laura Kiff and Rhiannon Daleymount, students and Phil Pugsley,

Erica Drew, higher education manager; Laura Kiff and Rhiannon Daleymount, students and Phil Pugsley, CEO of Amigos, showing off the new gowns at Petroc. - Credit: Archant

Petroc students will be parading through the town in gowns and caps stitched by tailoring students in Uganda.

The gowns were all made at Kira Farm Training Centre in Uganda.

The gowns were all made at Kira Farm Training Centre in Uganda. - Credit: Archant

PETROC students donning their graduation gowns next month will be helping young people in Uganda gain an education, as they celebrating completing theirs.

The tailoring students at Kira Farm Training Centre in Uganda making the gowns for Petroc.

The tailoring students at Kira Farm Training Centre in Uganda making the gowns for Petroc. - Credit: Archant

This year’s gowns, caps and hoods have been tailor-made at Kira Farm Training Centre, a project in Uganda run by Barnstaple charity Amigos.

The idea has been two-and-a-half years in the making, but Amigos CEO Phil Puglsey hopes it will mark the start of other colleges getting involved.

Mr Pugsley, who will be the guest speaker at the foundation degree students’ graduation on October 5, said: “We believe if we can get a number of young people in Uganda doing this it could help fund their own education.


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“We had a great tailoring teacher, the Reverend David Wear, who used to make gowns for the Kenyan president, so he helped oversee the students.”

All of the gowns have labels, donated by Saltrock, which feature the motto: ‘fulfilling our potential, tailoring our future’.

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Erica Drew, the higher education manager, said she was excited to see the students all dressed in the new gowns.

“We’ve shown some first year students and they were very excited to think they would be wearing them at the end of their course,” she said.

“It’s brilliant we’re working with them; some of the students have been to Kira Farm or support the charity so it’s great we already have that link.”

Petroc have purchased 150 gowns for a donation to the charity, and students can either rent of purchase them for the big day.

This year’s graduation will take place on October 5, with students forming on the Square at 10am before parading to St Peter’s and St Mary Magdalene’s Church for the ceremony.

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