Schools raise funds

Almost 3,000 schools in Britain are to take part in a day of fund-raising to help people in countries hit by the recent Asian earthquake and tsunami. The School Aid project, running across England and Wales, hopes to make at least £1 m to rebuild schools and pay for educational projects in the region. Volunteer teachers will spend up to a year in the countries affected. It is hoped the appeal will become a permanent charity, reacting to the effects of disasters worldwide. — Agencies