The difference between western and African schools is vast... as is the difference in lifestyle of the pupils. And that gap is about as big as it can get when you see the lives of children living in the desperately poor Namatala slum in eastern Uganda.
We'd love to help UK teachers show their pupils what good development in needy countries looks like.
Child of Hope school in Uganda enjoys long-term cultural links with various schools in the UK and we have produced a series of resources suitable for the classroom and projects, including videos, photographs, games and songs. We also offer plenty of communication between the schools and a visit from one of our frontline Ugandan directors (usually once a year) for assemblies and/or classroom sessions. Our nursery and primary sections cover ages 3 to 12.
With our resources DVD, you can help the children in your school to reflect on their own sense of community and the responsibilities which go alongside their rights as citizens – and compare this with the children who attend Child of Hope School in the Namatala slum in Mbale, Uganda. Then see how the children there have the same needs, likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams as children in your school. It will help your pupils to consider their own feelings and emotions as well as that of children living in poverty. Could be a great discussion on the way children learn and play... looking for the similarities as well as the differences.
Several schools enjoy arranging fundraising events (sponsored events, cake-baking, etc) to help Child of Hope – for which we are always grateful. But please... it's not a requirement.
If you'd like to talk about a global link between your school and ours, let us know. We will gladly discuss any specific requirement you may have for resources. Simply email our schools liaison, Lucy Swift, at firstname.lastname@example.org