Year 8 children of Chesham County Primary School, located in Bury, Lancashire, have been learning all about Africa, its people and wildlife. As part of this, ALERT’s Director of Research, Dr Jackie Abell, was invited to give a talk to the class about lion conservation. ALERT’s involvement in some of the schools based in Livingstone, Zambia, was of particular interest to the children. They wanted to know what they were studying at school, what it’s like to live in Zambia, and what games Zambian children like to play. So the Year 8 children of Chesham took the opportunity of making a Year 8 school-friend at Mukamusaba School in Livingstone, through our Pen Pal scheme. The children at Chesham excitedly wrote letters telling their new friend in Zambia about themselves and their school, with the help of their teacher. Jackie brought the letters to the school on her return trip to Livingstone, and here are the children at Mukamusaba School receiving their first letter. The Livingstone children are now busy replying to their new friend in England to exchange experiences.
With much excitement and enthusiasm from children and teachers in both Zambia and England about the Pen Pal Scheme, we hope this will continue and become a first-step in linking Zambian schools with others from different parts of the world.