Visit to Africa set to create a lasting legacy for schools

South Axholme Academy students pictured on a visit to their partner school in Uganda.
South Axholme Academy students pictured on a visit to their partner school in Uganda.

Pupils from the Isle enjoyed a pop star type welcome when they visited Uganda for five days.

Over 300 excited and screaming students welcomed 11 girls and three staff from South Axholme Academy, to Rushanje Secondary School in southern Uganda.

Assistant headteacher Scott Barlow said: “The girls were overwhelmed by the warmth and love shown by the Rushanje girls, it continued throughout our stay.”

At Rushanje, girls work in school from 6am to 8pm.

Mr Barlow said: “The girls had the opportunity to compare curriculums, lifestyles, hopes and dreams. We had the opportunity to explore the hills and villages around the school, taking in how the community uses its natural resources to make a living and provide food and shelter.”

At the local primary school, South Axholme pupils were able to pass on gifts including teaching and learning equipment, shoes and hats. One highlight in the packed itinerary was a trip to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where the youngsters saw elephants, hippos and lions.

The visit was part of the International Inspiration Olympic Legacy partnership. It is hoped the schools will maintain strong links.