At the end of the 2013 summer term Mrs Evans made a return visit to Tanzania to our partnership school. One of the first things on the agenda was a visit to the Mukumi game park, about an hours drive from Chamwino ‘B’ Primary school.

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As usual lots to see on the way, not least the road side shop selling baskets and the small boy, very proud, of the car he had made.

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We knew that many photos had been taken when our Tanzanian partners visited Pendock and so it was great to learn that they are very proudly displayed on the wall of the head teacher’s office.

Mrs Evans received a very warm welcome back from both the children and staff.

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Mrs Evans was shown the tree that she and Mrs Gaffiero planted on the previous visit.

Whilst visiting Chamwino ‘B’ Mrs Evans was able to take part in lessons and was also able to lead some lessons herself. She took ‘Communication’ as the theme for the lessons she planned and led. The first class she taught was with four and five year olds. They were asked to communicate with pupils at Pendock by painting their favourite animal. They drew their pictures then painted, most using paints for the first time. Falling back on her junk modelling skills, Mrs Evans was able to use old plastic bottles and nail scissors to  produce some very acceptable water pots!

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Another lesson with slightly older children was titled ‘Through the Window’. The idea was that the children would communicate what their local area was like by drawing what they could see through the windows of their school. They ended up having the lesson outside to make it easier, not quite how they’re used to taking their lessons.

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The children in standard 7, who can be as old as 16, were set the task of writing a letter to the children at Pendock to tell them about themselves and their school.

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Mrs Evans was invited to take part in a cookery lesson that was given. Each group was given the task of preparing a part of a meal. Mrs Evans was given the job of tasting them all and deciding which group had done the best job.

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There was also an opportunity during this year’s trip to visit other Tanzanian schools that are taking part in the partnership scheme. Two of these schools cater for children who are deaf or have special educational needs.

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This is only a taste of what took place in this years week long visit. An evening is being planned where Mrs Evans will share more of her experiences and thoughts about the visit. We will also be able to think about the partnership year ahead and how we use the new joint topic of ‘Conservation’ to learn more about each others schools and communities.