Our teachers in Tanzania: enriching lives across the miles

A group of teachers from schools across our diocese are visiting our link projects and schools in Tanzania to gain first hand experience to bring back into their classrooms and enrich the lives of our children here. Read updates of the trip here.

School children in TanzaniaThe two week trip is designed to make education one of the cornerstones of the Tanzanian-West Yorkshire Dales Link - and what better way than to take teachers to see it and experience it for themselves.

The link started in 1988 and in that time has seen hundreds of people visiting both ways and over £2m in funds raised to support a wide variety of educational, health and agricultural projects. And last year a group of evangelists from Tanzania spent almost a month in our diocese supporting parishes and helping churches.

The Revd Gill Johnson, Education Development Officer, has designed the trip working alongside Cath Fox in the Education department, and said:

“We made a decision a while ago that we wanted to get our schools better linked into Tanzania; to put education at the heart of it.

“We have worked on many of the linked projects in schools, the water harvesting, the goat project, and it seemed like the natural next step: to actually take teachers out there to see these projects for themselves.

“This is a great opportunity for them to gain first hand experience and to bring that back into their schools. In this way we hope that, despite the miles, this link with Tanzania will enrich the experiences and lives of our children here in West Yorkshire and the Dales."

Girl getting water from the wellThe two week trip, which left on Saturday (7 February) will take in Bunda School, Mara Primary, Issenye Secondary and link schools in Tarime and Rorya. It will spend time visiting some of the agricultural projects at Buhemba, water projects, village development projects in Mogabiri and the Rehema project and cafe in Musoma.

One of the group is Jonathan Cain, a former Yorkshire Water engineer who is now training for ordination at Mirfield who will use his expertise to better help with the water harvesting projects.

The Revd Jimmy Hinton from St Matthew’s Bankfoot, West Bowling, will spend his time forging links with Bunda school and head teacher Eelin Megson, at Linthwaite Ardron will spend her time in Issenye Secondary School.

The teachers Leanne Hargrave from All Saints Infants, Normanton; Diane Burman from Thornhill Lees infant and Nursery; Lucy Hetherington and Andrew Eastwood from Fountain Primary, Morley and Marcus Newby from East Bierley Primary; will use their first hand experiences to begin to draw up educational packages to take back into the classroom. These will be cross curricular and cover science, health and literacy.

Read updates of the trip here with thanks to vicar of Battyeford Christ the King, Revd Maggie Maclean.


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