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Our Principal Writes

26 oktober 2016

As I write this week's post I am surveying Nord Anglia Education's residential camp in Tanzania, called Shamba Kipara Camp.  Tanzania is a fascinating country with extremes typical of many developing countries in Africa.

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I am immediately impressed with the facilities here; safe, clean, impressive communal buildings frame the field of tents that students (or in this case the Principals of all NAE schools worldwide) will call home during their stay. 

We visited the local schools and projects that our students work with when they visit, experiencing the same thrills that they do when we managed to construct new desks for the school in record time. 

The camp exists for a number of reasons. It is certainly a cultural shift for most students that attend which provides a valuable new perspective on the world. However, perhaps more importantly it represents an opportunity for our students to 'give' to others whose material context is less luxurious than our own. 

However, as I chatted with the students who had performed a dance to thank this bunch of middle aged, mostly European, school leaders for their toil, I was struck by another great purpose behind giving our students an opportunity to visit our camp in Tanzania. The children I spoke with were eloquent and optimistic, bright and inquisitive. In many ways, one of the most exciting stereotypes that a visit to our camp helps our students to break is the direct association of consumption with satisfaction. 

Becoming a global citizen is an aim for many of our students. Our Global Campus is an excellent way of connecting students in all our schools worldwide and creates significant opportunities to widen horizons. However, the opportunity for students to meet and collaborate with Tanzanian students at our wonderful camp is an astonishing experience that could change lives forever. Please consider it for your child. 

Dr Neil Hopkin, Principal