Pupils and staff from west Suffolk school build library in Africa
PUBLISHED: 16:41 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 17 August 2018
Pupils and staff from a school near Bury St Edmunds have changed the lives of children in Malawi during 10 years of expeditions to the African country.
Pupils from Culford School helped complete the build of a library at Nankhufi School during their visit after fundraising more than £12,000 for the project.
The project at Nankhufi began in 2009 when the school consisted of just two shacks and a handful of pupils.
The school now boasts a sizeable community with five classroom blocks, toilets, a porridge kitchen, a local market store and – thanks to the work of Culford pupils – a library.
Andy Deane, project leader and head of modern languages at Culford School, said: “Having seen the progress in helping to build this school from scratch it is an absolute joy to see the 150 young children attending regularly and loving their learning experience – and having a mug of porridge begin each school day. The Culford students were amazing from start to finish on the trip.”
As well as completing the library build, pupils taught a series of PSHCE classes to 160 teenagers at Nankombe School, in the rural Shire Valley district of southern Malawi.
Culford lower sixth pupils also assisted in a reforestation project organised at their project base, Fisherman’s Rest.
They fixed a borehole and visited their link orphanage in the Bangula district.
After giving blood, the group were invited to share their experiences live on Malawi TV – which proved to be a memorable experience for the entire team.