Darlaston teenager Joscel wants to help children in his grandmother's village in central Africa get as good an education as he receives.

The aspiring human rights barrister who is a GCSE pupil at St. Thomas More Catholic School has started a fund raising project to help equip the village school in Murago in Burundi.

The first step on his way to his £1,000 target will be to receive a donation from the school's Christmas fair this Saturday.

Joscel said: “I visited the school in Murago this April when my family went out to see my grandmother and the comparison between what we have in my school to what little they have is astonishing. They don't even have pencils or paper, where as we have all the latest technology, and I couldn’t imagine having to share a pencil.”

“I know part of my school's beliefs is to help others before ourselves so I put the idea to our headmaster Mr Mayland and he has agreed to set aside monies from a range of fund raising projects, such as school fairs and non uniform days for the Murago school project.”

Joscel, who is pictured with The Friends of St. Thomas More charity organiser Jacqui Keen holding a raffle prize of a family ticket to the Black Country Museum, added:“ I feel it is the least we can do and I want this to be part of a life long commitment to helping that school become just as good as ours.”

Jacqui said: “The Friends of St. Thomas More will be delighted to make a donation to Joscel's charity. His initiative and compassion for others is exactly what we want to encourage.”

The St. Thomas More Christmas Fair is this Saturday November 29 from 10am to 2pm in the school's mian hall on Darlaston Road in Willenhall.on and skills for learners of all ages.