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2018/19 December Week 3 : Message from Jenny Yan

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Each Year, our grade 9 students participate in the NAE Global Campus Trip to Tanzania. This trip has involved all teachers, students and parents. Today, we would like to share with you the reflections, photos and videos of grade 9 students and teachers who participated in this trip.

Nord Anglia Global Campus has been committed to sustainable community projects in Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for several years and this year, G9 students set off with a full backpack, and a positive spirit to make their contribution. The group stayed at a Global Campus campsite with other Nord Anglia school parties so there was a truly international gathering of young people, eager to do their best for their host community. Fence building, solar powered lights, livestock care and vegetable garden cultivation were just some of the projects in which our students were involved. In addition, they participated in classes at the local school, sharing experiences and building relationships with students with very different lives to themselves. This is a challenge to our students and is an amazing opportunity for them to grow and develop into caring, responsible global citizens.

Students’ Reflection - 9 Yew Winnie Ma & Melody Liu
Throughout this journey, we learned more deeply;there are still a vast quantity of people stricken by poverty all around the world. Many of them haven't the means to get rid of the poverty and to improve their situation. That's perhaps the real reason why they remain in poverty. They need our support to begin to make changes to move out from beneath the poverty line.

Look at the world around you, you may neglect the poor little kids who live in slums and have no right to go to school; those people trapped in the abject poverty, finding no water to drink and not enough food to eat; but your sympathy in your heart as well as the your conscience should say," Go donate some money, they need your help!” However, not everyone has the sympathy and the conscience. Then whose turn is it to shoulder this responsibility?
Solving the poverty problem is arduous that neither a single person nor the governments can do. It requires everyone working together to solve this problem and improve their lives.
 
Ms. Anne’s Reflection
Grade 9 students went on the trip of a lifetime two weeks ago to participate in community development projects in Tanzania. The NGO (non-governmental organization) Seeway was the coordinating group and our students engaged in activities like building a shed to house a goat and constructing a smokeless stove using organic materials. It was hot, hard work, but the students were not deterred and could see that by doing these things, they would be helping to make life a little bit easier for people living in extreme poverty.

It was a very humbling experience to be there, and it reminded our students how fortunate they are. Shamba Kipara Camp was their base, complete with comfortable tents, shower blocks, beautiful gardens, a swimming pool and excellent food.

The group also went on a safari where the facilities were not quite so luxurious; basic camping with scarce water were the order of the day! Still, the opportunity to see wild animals like elephants, lions, buffalo, gazelles, zebras and giraffe was wonderful, and the students loved this.

Their last few days were spent on another building project, this time for a local school where there are 100 students to a class and very few facilities. An extra classroom will make a huge difference and our students excelled at bricklaying, mixing cement and sorting rocks for the foundations. Again, it was hard, tiring, hot work, but the thought of how much good they were doing kept students’ spirits high and they should feel very proud of themselves for their contribution.

All in all, it was an excellent trip. Our students learnt so much about themselves, about another culture and people whose lives are very different from their own. It was truly life-changing, and they will remember it and hopefully, feel inspired to continue contributing to less fortunate communities in lots of different ways.
 
Fundraising Activities

In order to develop a spirit of service and contribution, students must raise $350 each to put towards their trip. A group attended a football tournament at NACIS to sell delicious cakes and cookies to raise money. They baked many of the cakes themselves and raised in excess of RMB1000. What a great effort!

On December 10, we had a friendly football match with our teachers. To raise funds for those African children, all grade 9 students made use of their break time to sell the 10-yuan football ticket to all classes from all grades. While in Tanzania, we had two interesting friendly football matches with local children. This is one of the reasons why we organized the football match this time.

Though it was cold, the football match attracted many students from different grades to cheer for us.

I believe everyone enjoyed the football match very much. With the joint efforts of grade 9, we managed to raise more than 3000 RMB for children in Tanzania.