By the time you read this……
Eight S6 students and three members of staff from Drummond Community High School will be on their way to Kenya with the kind support of Leith Links Community Council.
In our first article we told you about our school’s partnership with Muthambi Boys and Girls High Schools at the foot of Mount Kenya. Now we’re ready to go and the students have made some comments about what they are looking forward to, what they hope to gain from the trip and some of their fears!
‘I’m interested in the culture and politics, particularly the debate on the new constitution that the Kenyans will vote on later this summer.’
‘It’s the food, they grow everything that we see in the supermarkets but I’m interested in how it’s grown and why there’s famine in certain areas of Kenya. I’m told the mangoes are fab!’
‘I’m looking forward to meeting the students and seeing what their experience of education is compared with our.’
‘All the projects we’re doing with the Kenyan students will be interesting but the heat and toilets are a bit scary!’
‘It will be interesting to see education from a Kenyan teacher’s point of view. What are the challenges, what sort of training and career prospects are there in Kenyan schools.’
Matt Annable, DCHS staff.
‘I’m really interested in the differences in the curriculum, especially how they teach and observe religion in school.’
‘Life, I think it’s going to be so different observing and experiencing their way of everyday living.’
‘I love working in the Library at Drummond Community High School and I can’t imagine a school functioning without one. I’m really looking forward to setting up a library at Muthambi Boys High School, in a day. Laurence Lewellyn- Bowen eat your heart out!’
Annie Scanlon, DCHS staff
‘I’m hoping to work with the students at Muthambi to strengthen and extend the partnership work we’re already doing. I’ll also be doing some sketching.’
‘This project is so important, it allows us to meet and learn from exciting and interesting people living a different life to us 8,000 miles away. Not only will we make new friends but we’ll learn what we need to do to make a difference to their lives.
‘I’m looking forward to meeting up with the students and staff we met on our last trip and to finding out how they are using the resources that we sent out.’
Patricia Snow, DCHS staff.
On our visit we will be working on:
Setting up a library at Muthambi Boys High School
Introducing the Kenyan students to Scottish poetry
Making short videos for use at Drummond on topics such as Fairtrade, malaria, a day in the life of Muthambi student.
Doing cookery demonstrations.
Developing partnership projects with the P.E. and Maths departments.
Teaching Scottish country dancing and learning some African dance!
On our return we will:
Do assemblies for students at Drummond.
Develop the partnership projects set up on our visit.
Report back to the organisations that have supported our visit.
Fundraise to bring some staff and students from Muthambi back to Drummond next summer.
Drummond Community High School