TWO headteachers have travelled to Rwanda to lay the groundwork for an educational exchange project.
Jo Lundy, of St Edmundsbury Primary, and Anna Berridge, of Risby Primary, set off yesterday with a Suffolk County Council representative for the 10-day trip to schools in the Nyamasheke region.
It is the start of a joint curriculum project to set up sustainable links between Bury St Edmunds and Rwandan schools.
Seven schools – Risby, Riverwalk, Horringer Court Middle, Mildenhall College of Technology, Riverside Middle, Thurston Community College and Thurston Primary – have received reciprocal visit grants from the British Council.
As a result, their teachers will spend a week in Rwandan schools, whose staff will also visit Bury.
Despite not receiving funding, St Edmundsbury has formed a link with a Nyamasheke school to work on a project focusing on toys.
Bury is due to host the Rwandan Olympic and Paralympic teams.
n Meanwhile, Church Walks Charities, with the support of Barrow Nurseries, Fothergill’s Seeds, Proscape and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, has donated plants seen in Rwanda for a permanent feature in the Abbey Gardens. It will be formally opened by the High Commissioner for Rwanda on July 14.