Letchworth school recognised for its work in Africa

Teacher, Katrina Skiinner teaching children at Ndeco School, Zambia

Teacher, Katrina Skiinner teaching children at Ndeco School, Zambia - Credit: Archant

A school has been recognised for its work with schools in other countries.

Lordship Farm Primary School in Letchworth GC has been awarded the British Council’s International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The school has worked on joint projects with Ndeco Primary School in Zambia and Link Water School in New Zealand. The school recently participated in a teacher exchange which saw Zambian teacher Steven Kajila visit Letchworth GC.

International co-ordinator and teacher Katrina Skinner, 52, visited Zambia in June. She said: “I feel this award is recognition for the way Lordship embraces an international perspective, ensuring that all our pupils consider the lives and viewpoints of others across the world.

“Our connecting classrooms’ exchange with Ndeco Primary School in Zambia enabled both our communities to begin to understand how our culture affects our lives. Although they have so many challenges, the children are very resilient and seemed content. There is a lot they have got that we can learn from.”

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The school has sent books and teaching resources over to Zambia and, with money donated, the Ndeco School is building a library which will be the school’s first permanent structure.

Ms Skinner said: “It was an incredible experience to be submerged in the culture. The children are amazingly attentive in lessons and drink in the knowledge.

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“Our children now understand that without the trappings of developed countries children can be content. We have talked a lot about values and the importance of families, and exchanged games - we taught them What’s The Time Mr Wolf and they showed us a tagging game about lions.

“This year we have created projects to share art, music and writing with our two partner schools. These projects have showed many similarities between children across the world.”

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