TWO Rwandan headteachers visited Bury St Edmunds as part of a project to develop education links between the town and the African country.
Patrick Kalisa and Sister Edith Uwimbibazi, who lead primary schools in the Nyamesheke district, enjoyed trips to St Edmundsbury Primary School, Risby Primary School and King Edward VI School.
The three schools are leading on the project to set up a legacy of curriculum links and student visits between 12 Rwandan and Bury schools.
Children from both countries will communicate online and topics to be covered include conflict resolution, human rights, creative thinking and sustainable development of societies.
The project will continue beyond next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will see the Rwandan teams set up a training camp at Bury Leisure Centre.
When asked what their schools can offer pupils in Bury, Mr Kalisa said: “We can show you how far we have travelled in our history and how we have overcome many things.”
Sister Edith added: “We want to learn how you have developed your education. I would like to compare the level of your science courses with ours. We would also like to know about your culture.”
At St Edmundsbury Primary, the pair were treated to an English folk song performed by pupils from schools across Bury. Students from King Edward VI School showcased their talents with displays of African drumming, Rwandan dancing and singing of the Rwandan and English national anthems.