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Cape school gets UK cash boost

An underprivileged Cape Town school received stationery and a welcome cash injection thanks to a British Council programme.

Dryden Street Primary School in Salt River received R18000.

Victoria White, an assistant head teacher at Penshurst on the border of Hull and East Riding in East Yorkshire, recently visited the school.

She was accompanied by her colleague, Sally Bennett, when she handed over bags of clothing, shoes and books as well as hygiene products, deodorants, sprays, soaps and toothpaste to less privileged pupils.

Barclays Bank in Beverley had a stall at Penshurst’s Summer Fair in July where they generated the cash.

The will build a multipurpose school hall. It is the first major cash injection into the proposed R4m multipurpose school hall project.

Bennett, who is a curriculum development leader on the Afritwin Project, said: “We have received funding through the British Council for a three-year involvement with Dryden Street Primary School.

“The global link was the attraction to me. I write the curriculum and make it as interesting as possible. In our cluster we have Zimbabwe, South Africa and England, that includes primary and secondary schools.

“There is a regular exchange of teachers between these countries. Every year a new teacher can be brought on board funded by the British Council to maintain global links, to share teaching styles, ideas, best practices and honing of friendships.”

The Afritwin Project also promotes new friendships in that every child at Penshurst writes to a pupil at Dryden to become pen pals. There is also an Afritwin blog through which pupils and teachers communicate.

“October, 23 is International Afritwin Day. We will Skype pupils and look at global issues like eco-related global warming.”

The best teachers according to Sally, “are the ones who inspire the pupils. If this project can inspire teachers then it can improve education as a whole. We are learning and sharing best practices”.