During February half term a group of Bingley Grammar School teachers visited our partner schools in Nairobi Kenya. The team returned home both physically and emotionally exhausted but grateful for all we have here to assist with the education of our students.
Our school has been working with Jamhuri High on teaching and learning projects since 2011 and the partnership is going from strength to strength. We have also forged links with other schools such as Ngara Girls High School and Hospital Hill Primary school.
Our teaching team this year was made up of Miss Ellis, Mrs Cartledge and Mr McGregor whose teaching focussed on textiles, history, sports and literacy. Mr Parapia and Mr Foster were there tasked with helping raise the achievement levels of a cluster of schools in Nairobi by the Pixl International group, who funded their visit.
Our staff were also joined by Mr Atkins from Crossflatts Primary and Mr Cross from Eldwick Primary who worked with students at Hospital Hill Primary school.
Whilst there, Mr Parapia and Mr Foster had a chance to meet Mr Ayub Mohamud who was nominated this year for the Global Teacher prize. Mr Mohamud, a business studies teacher who teaches at Eastleigh High School in Nairobi, was nominated in part for his work in trying to deradicalise the students at his school. The school has been in the news lately after attempts have been made by the Al Shabaab terrorist group (responsible for the Westgate Shopping Centre attacks in 2013) to radicalise their students. Mr Parapia said of Mr Mohamud after spending time with him "I found him to be a brave and inspirational person".
Prior to the visit Bingley Grammar students made banners and bags in their textiles lessons and wrote letters in their form groups to send to their Kenyan counterparts as gifts. Our students were eager to communicate with the African students and put a lot of time and effort into these projects.
Whilst in Kenya working with the children our teaching staff were once again blown away by their love of learning and appreciation for all that they have. The schools have very little resources and many of the students walk for hours to and from school every day returning home to the slums.
On returning back to Bingley, our staff showed photographs and videos from their trip during lesson time to illustrate to our students how little their counterparts in Kenya have yet they stay motivated and are always eager to learn.
Our three teaching staff have written reports about Kenya and their life changing experience which you can read here:
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