Visiting Tanzania – Tanzania school partnership

Through our Tanzanian partnership, I visited Tanzania alongside other international cluster staff. It was an incredible experience to visit schools, meet the children and the teachers, and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the country and culture. It was wonderful to meet up with the Tanzanian teachers who visited St. Cuthbert’s in September and see them working with their children in their own classrooms.

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During our visit, we stayed at a beautiful lodge. The lodge was home to not only visitors to Tanzania but a range of Tanzanian wildlife too!

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We visited the five cluster partnership schools.  Whilst visiting St. Cuthbert’s partnership school, Singachin Primary School, we were given the wonderful opportunity to plant a tree to symbolise the growth and friendship between our schools. I planted an orange tree; I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the tree growing as our friendship with Singachin Primary School grows.

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Whilst visiting schools, we visited lots of different classes and saw lots of different lessons. The children often performed songs and dances to welcome us to their school, which were some of my favourite experiences during our trip. Sometimes, we joined in with the dancing, which I enjoyed very much! We had the chance to talk with the staff and the pupils, who were full of questions and showed great interest in Britain, including our wildlife, the weather, our food and our schools. It was rewarding to answer their questions, just as our Tanzanian friends answered our questions about their country when they visited us.

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We also had the amazing opportunity to go on a safari at the Arusha National Park. Can you name some of the animals that we saw?

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We spent some time looking around the town of Moshi, exploring the shops and market places, as well as meeting up with our Tanzanian teacher friends for a coffee.  We also visited some other towns and surrounding areas; Tanzania is a beautiful and diverse place.

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It was wonderful to see the sense of community which the towns, villages and schools in Tanzania have. Everyone we met and worked with were so incredibly welcoming, friendly, helpful and generous.

Through my visit I have deepened my understanding and appreciation of different cultures. This has enhanced our International curriculum, sharing my experiences with the children and providing an enriched range of activities that are shared with our partner school, creating truly meaningful links. Global work using the Sustainable Development Goals is enriched with links to other countries helping children to recognise that these are goals for all countries not just our own. Children work towards understanding themselves as Global Citizens as we share experiences and lives of others from around the world, noting similarities and equality rather than differences.