The Hastings Friendship Link’s delegation left for our Twin Town in Sierra Leone on February 9th as part of an ongoing exchange project. Thirteen teacher members of the group will be using their half-term break to work in African partner schools, sharing experiences to bring back to their classrooms in the UK.

Schools and Academies represented in the exchange are All Saints, The Baird, Chantry (Bexhill) Christ Church, Hollington and Guestling Bradshaw Primaries and St Leonards Secondary Academy.

Classroom projects will be based around themes suggested by the British Council as part of its financial and educational support for the exchange.

Links between schools here and in Hastings, Sierra Leone have been developing since the twinning of the two towns in 2007.

Fay Jagot, from Battle and Langton School, has recently joined the partnership and commented “I have worked with children for 20 years, yet have never previously witnessed such enthusiasm from children to find out, learn and correspond across the miles.” Corinne Harris from Dudley Infant School who has been involved for several years said “Our link with Edest School has been an empowering project for pupils and teachers alike. Children both in the UK and in Africa have benefited greatly by meeting visitors from their partner schools.”

Some members of the group will meet families displaced by recent mudslides, now being helped by generous donations from people associated with the Link.

It is hoped that a return party can visit the UK towards the end of the Summer Term.

Find out more about the Friendship Link and the work it is doing in Hastings,
Sierra Leone at our website.


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