A group of staff and students from Headlands School have embarked on a journey to Africa spreading an important worldwide message.
Headlands are participating in an Afri-Twin project which has been established through the British Council funding connecting classrooms, with a focus on child sexual exploitation and renewable energy sources.
Four members of staff accompanied 12 students to a suburb in Constantia, South Africa where they spent time at Sibelius High School, which has around 800 pupils.
Director of Community at Headlands School David Stamper said: “This was an extraordinary experience for both staff and students. Watching the children communicate and bridge any gaps while realising that we are all human beings and what separates us is trivial compared to our shared values.”
Headlands took over pens, pencils and posters over to South Africa to decorate the classroom that were donated by families of our students and parishioners at Bridlington churches.
“It is very much a third world environment and aspirations are quickly diminished by a sense of the harsh reality of families living in one room accommodation,” said Mr Stamper. “They realistically can only dream of moving to the leafier suburbs of the city.”
While in Africa, the children took part in a number of classroom discussions looking to the cultural differences and similarities.
The group also enjoyed some sight seeing at the Table Mountain, Cape Point and Signal Hill.
Year eight student Chris Dean said: “The best part of the trip for me was meeting all the amazing people there and finding out how they see things and how they see us. Going to the school in general was inspiring and the food was excellent.”
Headlands were able to send the group to Africa thanks to fundraising efforts and from local business and charity donations. Now the school is appealing to the community for help for later in the year.
“We cannot thank Headlands school and Sibelius enough,” said Mr Stamper. “We are now hoping to provide a life changing experience for 12 pupils to make a return journey to Headlands in October.
“We can only do this with the full support of our school and the community. We would like everyone to benefit, just as we have.”