RWANDAN teachers have developed their knowledge of Britain’s education system following an eye-opening visit to schools across West Suffolk.
Eight headteachers and the teachers from the Nyamesheake region have spent time at seven schools this week – learning about their teaching methodologies and soaking in the sights of the county.
It is part of an ongoing educational exchange project between the schools to foster mutually beneficial, sustainable links. Those taking part are St Edmundsbury Primary, Risby Primary, Riverwalk School, Horringer Court Middle, Thurston Primary, Thurston Community College and Mildenhall College.
Anna Berridge, head at Risby, who co-ordinated the visit, said: “We’ve had a fantastic week, the children have really enjoyed it and benefited hugely. They had the opportunity to learn how things are different between the UK and Rwanda. The Rwandans are amazed by the brightness of the walls and environment in the primary schools as well as the facilities and technology. They say the children are very well behaved. They love Bury.”
Throughout the week, the Rwandans have spent time in their link schools and visited St Edmundsbury Cathedral. They enjoyed fish and chips in Felixstowe, where many saw the sea for the first time, as Rwanada is a landlocked country.
They were invited to dinner with parents and members of staff and were due to have a tour of Greene King Brewery, in Bury. The Rwandans also went to Riverwalk School to see how children with learning disabilities are taught. Mrs Berridge said the schools hoped their links would continue and were working on projects such as gardening, sustainability and conflict resolution.