Teachers from Zambia have been given a taste of education in Scarborough as part of a partnership with local schools.
A number of Scarborough primary schools have been linked with schools in the southern African country through the British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’ scheme.
As part of the initiative seven Zambian teachers have spent a week in Scarborough working with children and teacher at their partner schools.
At Northstead School their special guest was on hand for the opening of the school’s new play facility.
Eric Miyombo, headteacher at Tagore Basic School, Northstead’s partner school, officially opened the new multi use games area.
Stan Jackson, headteacher at Northstead, said: “We are delighted that Mr Miyombo has been able to cut the ribbon and officially open our new outdoor play facility.
“Northstead has developed a very close link and partnership with Tagore School and to have Mr Miyombo perform the official opening has been very special for our school.”
The playground has been funded entirely through the school’s own fundraising and budget and has been built using local contractors including Scothern’s Construction, and Andrew Holt architect. There has also been assistance from Scarborough Council Grounds Maintenance, Sweetings Engineering and Hull Road Markings Ltd.
The opening ceremony included the unveiling of a plaque and a whole school Zumba display. Local schools also joined in the celebrations with a special football and netball tournament.
Meanwhile at Friarage School pupils presented a cheque for £1000 to their partner school Nabakuyu primary school, to help purchase a laptop so they can communicate with each other easier.
The whole school community and local businesses supported the fundraising, with special thanks to Boyes Stores, Dr Anne Pokley at Scarborough Hospital, Harbour Bar, Alice Maw’s Studio, Newcastle Packet, Morrisons, Nisa, Café View, Olympia, Sainsbury’s and Raflatac.
The other primary schools taking part are Newby and Scalby, Snainton, Brompton and Bempton.
The theme for this year’s project between schools is “the view from my window” the idea being that children in both countries will share experiences.
Later this month teachers from Scarborough will visit partner school in Zambia.