FORGING links with a school in Nepal are pupils at West Butterwick Primary.
The youngsters are now enjoying a relationship with Chandeshowri Primary School, near Gorkha. The link was established through West Butterwick residents Gary and Jill Allen who have spent time trekking in Nepal and have visited the school, which is situated on a mountain side.
Headteacher Josephine Buckle explained: “At first the school had no roof and no water. However, through steady fundraising Mr and Mrs Allen have raised enough money to buy the school a water tank and a roof and also to improve the toilet facilities. All of our pupils have learnt about the area the school is situated in and a little bit about the culture of the families who live in the school’s village.
“The main religion is Hindu and West Butterwick children are looking forward to establishing ‘pen friends’ and hopefully communicating by webcam at some point in the near future. This is a great step forward for our school in terms of bringing an awareness of ‘Global Education’ to our children here in West Butterwick.
“It is not about the ‘haves and have-nots’, it is about the different cultural and educational experiences of children who live in the various parts of our world.”
Mr and Mrs Allen recently visited the West Butterwick school and gave a presentation based on their Nepal visits.
Pupils are sending articles about themselves with pictures to the school, as well as £40 which they have raised to buy new resources.