Bianca Lucini, Melissa Radoja, Lauren Kelly, Hoda Jahanpour and Mrs Williams took this challenge very seriously as their preparation for the expedition began few months in advance. They helped raising money by hosting competitions, bake sales or selling coffee at various school events.
In the build-up to the expedition, they enthusiastically contributed to discussions, challenges and webinars in the Global Classroom online community. They learnt about the culture, traditions, geography and economy of Tanzania, as well as the Millennium Development Goals and the role of Non- Governmental Organisations.
During their time in Tanzania, our students lived and worked together in Arusha to develop their understanding of life in Tanzania. Our students experienced a range of activities which gave them insight into the diverse and vibrant culture of Tanzania and supported learning in the local community, working directly with the Maua School to renovate the school buildings and teach local pupils aged from four to 16 years old.
In addition to supporting the community, the expedition also helped our students develop as high performance learners. Professor Deborah Eyre, Education Director, commented, "In Tanzania, they had to adapt to unusual circumstances, collaborate, cope with adversity, think creatively and flexibly, and learn from different perspectives. All of which help them to develop as global citizens.”
Every student who participated in the expedition left with a passion to change something; a drive to make a difference.
Melissa, Year 10, says: „The children were all so happy and smiley! Whenever we did some activity/game where we had to sit on the ground, they would all crowd round and sit on our laps, holding our hands. It was such a great experience seeing what they had and how happy they were with it and it really made us all think about how we take everything for granted, making us appreciate what we have a whole lot more.“
Returning back to the schools as Ambassadors for Africa, they are now working with the whole school community to initiate a campaign for action, building understanding of life in Africa and strengthening links with their new friends in Arusha.
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