Teachers hoping to learn African lesson

Teachers who are flying out to Hastings, Sierra Leone next week
Teachers who are flying out to Hastings, Sierra Leone next week

A TEAM of teachers will spend their half-term learning invaluable lessons working in an African school.

The teachers will fly out to Hastings’ twin town in Sierra Leone tomorrow to work with children on a number of educational themes at their partner schools.

The teachers are from Blacklands, Christ Church, Little Ridge and St Mary Star-of-the-Sea Primary Schools and St Leonards Academy.

During the week the teachers will be working with children on various themes in partnership with their own schools back in the UK.

The schools have all been awarded grants by the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms scheme to further develop their programme of teacher exchanges, which started in 2010.

A teacher from St Pauls will also join them, funded by the school.

Travelling with the party will be three members of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link concerned with health care.

The link is also funding an extension to the Health Clinic in Hastings and enhancing its facilities. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in Africa with most living in poverty.

Jane Smith, headteacher at St Mary’s said: “We will be able to send two of our teachers and welcome a teacher from our partner school later in the year. The experience and knowledge these exchanges bring deepens our whole school understanding of the life, culture and education of our friends in Africa.”

Roger Mitchell, who co-ordinates the exchanges on behalf of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, said: “There is no doubt in the minds of anyone involved that children both here and in Sierra Leone are benefiting greatly.”