Written by Ms Walden, Teaching and Learning Leader Design & Technology
Well what an adventure and experience we have had, 12 days away in Uganda over the half term break.
We stayed at Kira Farm, a development centre for Ugandan trainees funded by Amigos, the Barnstaple based charity supporting Ugandans to work their way out of poverty through an integrated approach providing training, education and clean water. Our students worked with the trainees in tailoring, carpentry, building workshops, collecting and preparing food for a celebration meal. There was also plenty of time for fun and to relax with the trainees getting immersed in their culture singing, dancing and playing games.
Our students travelled through Uganda to see the invaluable work Amigos does with ex-Kira trainees who are now self-sufficient running their own businesses in their home villages, young children who are sponsored and able to attend school and the water projects providing boreholes and pumps for clean water. This was an enlightening experience for our students to see first-hand the vast differences in our lifestyles.
There was also time for some tourist sightseeing in Uganda, what a show the Ugandan countryside gave us. We were up close to rhinoceroses, elephants, hippopotamuses, giraffes, lions and even brief sightings of a crocodile and leopard. The river Nile was in full flow tumbling over Murchison waterfalls.
The group of students were absolutely amazing, immersing themselves completely into everything we did. I would like to thank each and every one of them for making the trip fantastic and a lifetime memory for all. I would also like to thank the parents for supporting and preparing their children for the trip and lastly to all the staff at school behind the scenes and those who gave up their half term break who made this adventure possible.
Year 8 and 9 students, if this has inspired you, watch out in the new year when the next trip will be advertised.