Teachers from Africa learn valuable lesson

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TEACHERS from Hastings twin town in Africa has been learning invaluable lessons about working in the English classroom.

The 10 staff from Hastings in Sierra Leone have been taking part in the exchange as part of the Friendship Link.

And many needed to borrow a great deal of extra clothing to cope with the contrast in climate especially the unseasonal May weather.

They have spent this week working in schools across the borough.

It follows a visit to partner schools in February by several teachers and school staff from here.

Work in the classrooms has involved subjects such as waste management, water conservation and children’s rights and responsibilities in our two societies.

The Mayor of Hastings, councillor Alan Roberts, welcomed the party to the Town Hall on Monday evening.

With them were members of the International Pupil Council which draws together pupils from the participating schools to consider ways in which their education can address issues of global importance.

There are now 11 pairs of schools from the two communities using these links as a means of opening young people’s eyes to the concerns of widely differing communities and circumstances.

The teachers were also treated to tours of the sights of Hastings and its surroundings visiting the caves and the castle.

They were even treated to a dance with Mad Jack’s Morris men to give a real cultural flavour and an ascent of St Mary’s Church tower in Rye was another highlight.

Roger Mitchell, who organises the exchanges on behalf of the Link, said: “A greater understanding gained by children both here and in Sierra Leone will help them develop as responsible adults with a fuller understanding of the world in which they will live.”