24th Oct, 2016

Pershore welcomes African visitors

Aaron Wise 29th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AFRICAN students will be making Pershore their temporary home in an ongoing exchange scheme with the town’s High School.

Children from Zambia will arrive in Pershore next month (June 20) for three weeks of touring and educating in the school and town on Zambian culture, through a presentation of song and dance as part of link up between Pershore High School and Lubuto High School.

As part of the exchange, seven students and two teachers will take part in running roadshows and workshops around schools and visit Pershore Mayor Coun Tony Rowley.

Youngsters will also visit London and take a trip to the beach as many of the students will never have seen the coast, as Zambia is landlocked.

The return leg of the scheme follows on from a trip pupils from Pershore High School took to the poverty stricken country to support children in the city of Ndola in March 2015 for two weeks.

One of the students who travelled to Zambia, Abbi Jones said: “In Ndola we ventured out into the real Africa and were given a huge and fantastic Zambian welcome.

“To say things were different is an understatement, in some ways we should all see and experience a school in poverty, no resources beyond a box of chalk and the expertise of a teacher in front of classes of 60 students.”

Fellow student Hannah Robinson said: “Students were smart, articulate and rightly proud of their school and their achievements.

“We forget sometimes just how impoverished some people are, in some ways they have so little but in other ways they have so much to give. We certainly learnt a lot from our Zambian friends.”