Pupils at Preshute C of E Primary School are learning all about life at a Christian Charity School in Mbale, Uganda. Preshute teacher, Laura Jenkins, visited and taught at the Child of Hope School a few years ago and has organised for Preshute pupils to make a link with the Ugandan pupils.
Laura told Marlborough.news, “Lucy Swift, who is based in Mbale and is education advisor to the Child of Hope School, came to talk to the children and taught them four Ugandan songs. The pupils have now carried out some research into Uganda and made and sent cards and messages to the Ugandan pupils. Each house also wrote a prayer to send. We have received messages back. The Child of Hope School will become one of our school charities this year and we will be fundraising in order to support them. The Child of Hope School receives no government funding and exists solely on charitable donations.”
Headteacher, Claire Hann-Perkins, said, “We hope that Preshute links with the Child of Hope School will give our children a wider understanding of the world around them and emphasise the importance of education all over the world. They will become aware that there are children in other countries who share the same values and love learning; and they will realise how lucky they are to live in a country where education is free and a right for every child. In Uganda it is often the case that only one member of the family can go to school.
The link will also enable us to put our Christian ethos and school values, such as ‘respect’ and ‘empathy’, into practice.”