Teacher from Malawi visits Taverham pupils as part of cultural exchange

Nightingale First School's cultural exchange with Malawi. Gary Hollis, Jackie Loughlin, Ethel Kafau

Nightingale First School's cultural exchange with Malawi. Gary Hollis, Jackie Loughlin, Ethel Kafausinyanji, Becky Adcock and Kevin Gale. - Credit: Archant

A school in Norfolk welcomed a visit from a Malawian teacher who travelled thousands of miles to learn about the British educational system and culture.

Ethel Kafausinyanji meets pupils

Ethel Kafausinyanji meets pupils - Credit: Archant

Ethel Kafausinyanji, the deputy head teacher from Kaphuka School, Malawi, arrived earlier this week to Nightingale First School, Taverham, where she was introduced to resources and activities that schools in England provide.

For the past four years, the British Council have funded the Norwich-Dedza partnership as a means of sharing culture and knowledge across schools and countries.

Jackie Loughlin, headteacher of Nightingale First School said: 'We've had two head teachers come visit us and we've sent over five or six of our teachers over to their school..'

Not only have Nightingale raised money for Ethel to take back to Malawi, but they have also filled a suitcase full of pens, pencils, paper and other stationery for Kaphuka School.

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In return, Ethel has been sharing her culture with the children.

Gary Hollis, a 52-year-old teacher from of Trafford Road said: 'One of the main projects we've been doing is growing maize, which is the main staple crop of Malawi, and we've been getting that across to children.

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'It is of critical importance to the people of Malawi's diet so we're going to get the children to make some. They've all been very excited.'

Not only this, but Ethel has been teaching the children and staff of Nightingale her local language, Chichewa.

Mrs Loughlin said: 'It's been a privilege to have her here, not just Ethel but all of our friends from Malawi that visit us, and it's a privilege for our teachers to come over there.

Ethel has been enjoying her week in Norfolk, having visited other schools across the area and trips to places such as Cromer beach.

To learn more about the school's partnership visit Norwich-dedza.org.

Are you raising money for a school abroad? Email locallife@archant.co.uk

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