Zambian Link School
We are linked with Fisenge Basic School in Zambia. In the summer of 2012 Stafford Leys School hosted some teachers from Zambian schools as part of a county initiative to connect classrooms across the globe. Mr Keps, from Fisenge Basic School in Luanche visited the country for a week. He was hosted by Stafford Leys staff and spent time with both teachers and children experiencing teaching and learning in the UK.
Fisenge and the local area
Traditional Zambian Food
The school now hopes to maintain links with the Zambian school. This will present many opportunities for pupils at Stafford Leys to engage and communicate with their peers in Zambia and it is hoped that the children’s learning will be enhanced as a consequence. In addition the Zambian teachers have asked for specific support relating to the teaching and learning of reading. One of the main challenges the teachers face is that they do not have a library or reading books for the children. Stafford Leys School hopes to raise money for postage so that unwanted books and stationery can be sent to the school to help them with their reading goals.
Our Link School
In October 2012 Mrs Hardy and Mrs Burrows visited Keps and the Fisenge Basic School in Zambia as part of the exchange programme. Their time was spent sharing teaching practice with the Zambian teachers and working with the children in their class room environment. As expected there were significant differences in the school environment, most noticeably that minimal resources are available to teachers and children. Pupils were provided with 1 pencil and one exercise book for the whole year and text books, rubbers and pencil sharpeners were shared. The scarcity of paper and pens meant that classroom displays and learning materials were sparse. However there were also many similarities. As with the children at Stafford Leys, the pupils at Fisenge Basic School were committed to their learning and worked hard.
Miss Bignell visits Zambia
Take a look at Miss Bignell's Zambia Blog to find out all about her trip to Zambia.