Africa experience for teachers

Sue Barnes, from Clarkson Infant School in Wisbech, at Diani Children's Support Centre in Kenya.
Sue Barnes, from Clarkson Infant School in Wisbech, at Diani Children's Support Centre in Kenya.
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Two teachers from a Wisbech school visited a Kenyan orphanage during the summer holidays.

Sue Barnes and teaching assitant Jo Grylls spent time at the Diani Children’s Support Centre, on the outskirts of Mombasa when they spent two weeks in the African country.

Jo Grylls, from Clarkson Infant School in Wisbech, at Diani Children's Support Centre in Kenya.

Jo Grylls, from Clarkson Infant School in Wisbech, at Diani Children's Support Centre in Kenya.

The centre focuses primarily on helping orphans but also supports single parent families in the area.

Following Mrs Barnes and Miss Gryll’s return, Clarkson Infant School raised £170 at their Harvest festival, through pupils filling an empty yoghurt pot with loose change, which will go to the orphanage.

Senior leader and reception class teacher Mrs Barnes said: “It was a real eye-opener. The school has 53 children, in two tiny little classrooms. They have no equipment at all, apart from plastic chairs and planks for tables. The children had a very small amount of rice and beans for lunch, which is cooked in the classroom. The playground was totally mud. It makes you realise how lucky we are.”

Mrs Barnes and Miss Grylls took school equipment, such as exercise books and pencils, and presented them to the children.

And although the amount raised at Clarkson does not seem much by Western standards, the money will go a long way in Kenya.

“Just £10 will feed two orphans for a week and £40 will get the entire school vaccinated,” Mrs Barnes said.

Mrs Barnes has wanted to visit Kenya for some time and was interested to experience the African country and see how it differs from England.