Bridlington School pupils came face-to-face with their peers in Sierra Leone after raising £10,000 to help build them a new school.
After a four month government lock down in the Ebola-stricken country, ‘Hope School’ in the town of Kenema is nearing completion.
Year seven and eight pupils were able to speak with children over Skype who will soon be taking advantage of the new facilities which includes three classrooms, a staff office and a toilet.
Bridlington School Year seven pupil Chloe Finney said: “We got to see the new school building that we raised £10,000 to get built. We got to speak to the amazing students and we asked them a few questions. The students said their new school was beautiful. One boy said he was so happy to have the opportunity of an education and that is all he wants now because his mum, dad and sister all died from Ebola.”
Hope School is expected to be officially opened in October with Bridlington School’s Mr Mark Parker-Randall flying out for the occasion.
Mr David Fobay, the headteacher at Hope School, said: “It is a dream come true. We can not wait to move in and the teachers, students and their families are so happy with the new school building.
“Thank you to all the students and staff at Bridlington School for making this happen. We are very pleased that we are now Ebola free and are very much looking forward to the visit of Mr Mark Parker-Randall for the official opening.”