We are Celi and Huw, the founders of Gecko on the Move and Gecko School Phuket
In August 2013, Celi and Huw left international teaching to start their own community school in Phuket, Thailand named Gecko (Green, Education, Community, Kids, Outdoors). The school grew quickly, becoming renowned for it’s quality education with a strong emphasis on mathematics and literacy, meaningful links with the community, and encouraging the children to follow their passions.
In August 2016, Celi and Huw decided to further develop the Education and Community features of Gecko and established Gecko on the Move with the aim of teaching mathematics using manipulatives in under privileged schools and communities through out the world.
Celi Harper completed her Bachelor of Teaching degree in Queensland, Australia in 1991. For the past 25 years she has taught in public and international schools in Australia, England, Tanzania, China and Thailand. During her teaching career she has taught all primary years as a classroom teacher and has specialised in ICT, Art, Literacy, Global Education and Library. Celi shows a commitment to remaining up-to-date with new developments, a strong interest in educational issues and a keen desire to pass on knowledge. Throughout her teaching career Celi has attended a great deal of in-service and training which have helped her to continuously grow and better meet the needs of the children in her care.
Celi values community service as a way of uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work towards a common goal. From an early age her parents taught her the value of helping others less fortunate than herself through Lions International. This continued into her adulthood where she worked with Sudanese refugees in Australia, taught in a rural village in Ghana, fed the homeless in Australia, worked with local communities in Tanzania, set up a charity to educate boys in Ghana and to pay the tuition fees of a Kenyan lady to complete her teaching degree, was photographer for the Tag Rugby Trust in Uganda, Zambia and India, assisted at the Soi Dog foundation, fundraised for Sichuan Quake Relief, assisted in sports activities in quake relief zones and led a group of children to Taiji, Japan to monitor the slaughter of dolphins for the Dolphin Project.
Celi admires people with integrity and believes utmost in being principled and standing up for what you believe in. Her hobbies include travelling, meeting locals, photography, swimming and cooking.
Huw Roberts originates from South Wales in the UK but has lived and worked in England, Australia, Philippines, Taiwan, France, Kenya, Tanzania, China and Thailand. He obtained his teaching degree in Primary Education specialising in Maths and Physical Education from Gloucestershire University. As a teacher, Huw uses a variety of methods and strategies to teach the children in his class. He draws on his strengths to help raise the standards within his classes through planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management. He believes all children should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and he strives to nurture them to become independent and creative thinkers with a positive attitude towards the world around them.
Huw believes that helping local communities has a positive effect on everyone involved. He has not only worked in international schools in Tanzania, China, Australia and Thailand but has also contributed to the local communities through volunteer work. For the past fifteen years he has been involved with the UK based charity TRT (Tag Rugby Trust — building futures through rugby) by coordinating and leading volunteer and school group tours to Uganda, Zambia and India.
Huw lists being principled and honest as core human values. He has many interests, some of which include travelling, trekking, sport (playing and watching), scuba diving, listening to music, reading and walking his dog.
Countries we have taught and volunteered in over the years