Teachers to visit Tanzania
17 teachers from schools across Worcestershire are leaving today to visit schools in the Diocese of Morogoro in Tanzania.
The visit is part of the Global Schools Partnership run by the British Council and the schools have chosen to link with Tanzania due to the partnership between the two dioceses, which was set up in 2010 as a way to learn from one another and grow together in a shared faith in God.
The teachers will be accompanied by two members of diocesan staff as well as two young people. They will fly into Dar es Salaam and then journey three hours on a bus to Morogoro to spend ten days getting to know their partner schools and sharing experiences.
Ross Workman is head at Oldswinford Primary School, Stourbridge. He said: "I've done something similar in previous schools and forming a partnership like this can bring a lot of value.
Part of the project is showing our children that there is as much the same as there is different between the two schools. Although the context is different, values such as respect, co-operation, partnership and love are the same wherever you are.
I am looking forward to discovering all about our partner school and cementing the friendship when one of their teachers visits us in October."
Great Witley CE Primary Head, Karen Banford, and Teaching Assistant, Teresa Cole, are also travelling to Tanzania.
Karen said: "In December 2011 we made a successful application to the British Council for a reciprocal visits grant. The school community and local parish of Great Witley have overwhelmed us with their generosity and good wishes.
As a result we are well equipped to teach in our partner school, Mafiga B Primary, which has over 600 pupils. The second part of our project will take place in October, when we at Great Witley CE Primary School, host Head Teacher Winfrida Tangatya from Morogoro, Tanzania.
We recognise the positive impact this will have on the pupils of both schools and their global knowledge and cultural understanding. Please follow our amazing adventure on the Great Witley CE Primary School website: www.greatwitley.worcs.sch.uk"
Those schools sending teachers to Morogoro and their partner schools are:
- Oldswinford CE Primary - Kihondamagoro Pr School
- St. Barnabas First and Middle CE School, Drakes Broughton - Misufini ‘A' Primary School
- Malvern Wells CE Primary School - Chamwino ‘A' Primary School
- Pendock CE Primary School, Staunton - Chamwino ‘B' Primary School
- Martley CE Primary School - Mafisa ‘A' Primary School
- Norton-Juxta-Kempsey CE Primary - Kikundi Primary School
- Bredon Hancocks CE Primary School - Mchikichini ‘A' Primary School
- Kempsey Primary School, Worcester* - Jitegemee Primary School
- St. Kenelms CE Primary School, Halesowen - Msamu Primary School ‘B'
- Great Witley CE Primary School - Mafiga ‘B' Primary School
- Pitcheroak School* - Kiwagnja Cha Ndege
* These two schools are not Church of England Schools
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
Tel: 01905 20537 Mobile: 07852 302516 Fax: 01905 612302