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Bury St Edmunds teachers to jet off to Rwanda laden with tennis balls and milk bottle tops

Lorra bottle tops: Teachers Sonia Gaffney, head Jo Lundy, and Becky Shutler with eagle owl class pupils as the three staff prepare to head to Rwanda laden with bottle tops and tennis balls ANL-140514-153629009

Lorra bottle tops: Teachers Sonia Gaffney, head Jo Lundy, and Becky Shutler with eagle owl class pupils as the three staff prepare to head to Rwanda laden with bottle tops and tennis balls ANL-140514-153629009

Teachers from a Bury St Edmunds school are to jet off to Rwanda - with a suitcase of tennis balls and milk bottle tops to help aid youngsters’ learning.

The trio from St Edmundsbury Primary School will travel to Nyamesheki on Thursday to visit their partnership school G.S Gisacura - strengthening an ongoing three year link.

They will take milk bottle tops to help Rwandan pupils with their maths learning through counting, sorting and adding.

The group will also take tennis balls so they can play games invented by children at St Edmundsbury.

Class teacher Sonia Gaffney, who joins head Jo Lundy and teacher Becky Shutler, said: “We’re also going to be getting a good understanding for Rwandan life so we can help the children in our school to understand what it’s like and how their life is very different from our own.It’s very much a two way thing - a mutual exchange of ideas.”

She said the schools have limited resources and usually take 60 pupils in each class.

Mrs Gaffney added: “The classrooms don’t have any electricty in the school we’re going to apart from the headmaster’s office so in the rainy season they have to close the shutters which means its very dark so they can’t go to school.”

 

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