Tanzanian students visit St Benedict’s

A group of Tanzanian students have visited the St Benedict’s School this week, as part of a regular cultural exchange programme organised by the Cumbria-Rungwe Community Link.

A group of six students and three leaders from the Rungwe district in Tanzania are visiting Copeland and Allerdale.

As part of their 3 week visit, the group has visited St Benedict’s to take part in various school activities including watching a Rock Challenge performance, taking part in music & dance workshops and working on some 3D printing with the Engineering Department.

Andrew Haslop, who is part of CRCL and is also a teacher at West Lakes Academy in Egremont, said: “Students are staying with different students during their stay and leaders are staying with members of the committee.

“While they are here they have a full timetable. There are going to different schools and community events.”

During their visit, they will be going to Eskdale school, West Lakes Academy, Mayfield School and featuring in Whitehaven Carnival.

Mr Smith, Headteacher at St Benedict’s commented: “This enriching link which is now in its 30th year is an overt demonstration of the essential qualities which under pin our work here at St Benedict’s.  Our lives as a school community are enriched through initiatives such as this which help to develop our students’ understanding of themselves and the wider world.”

This year, two of the Tanzanian leaders are Swiga Mbila and Devotha Nyambo. They were past students who came to Cumbria when they were school children and they are now leaders of the charity and on the committee in Tanzania.

CRCL chairman & Geography teacher at St Benedict’s Julia Lee says it has been a delight to see Swiga again as the pair were both involved in the Link project about 20 years ago.

Mrs Lee said: “It shows why the link works. You can see that the link has come full circle.”

It is a special year for the link as it is marking its 30th anniversary. A birthday celebration is being held at Bigrigg Village Hall this Saturday, from 7pm until 11pm.

“We really would love people who have been involved in the link to come along,” said Mrs Lee.

Roger Shipton-Smith, who was involved in the link when it started will be speaking. Photos will also be on display and there will also be raffles, a fundraising auction and music by the Northern Threads.

It will be £1 on the door, which includes a free drink on entry.

Community events:

Social evening at Florence Mine Arts on Friday July 7, from 7pm

Farewell ceilidh at Egremont Market Hall on Friday, July 14, from 7pm.

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