Preparations for our fourth Connecting Classrooms Exchange trip to Botswana are almost final. Our first visit took place in 2010, and we’ve taken groups of over 30 pupils back to Botswana every two years since.
Our visits to Botswana are supported by the British Council Connecting Classrooms Programme. We camp in designated camp sites, go wild camping in the Kalahari, head out on numerous fascinating safaris, and visit Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls. Our Cultural Exchange also involves work with our partner school, Lotsane Senior Secondary School. In 2010 we provided an electric wheelchair for a student whose scoliosis operation was unsuccessful. In 2012 we assisted with improving sanitary conditions in the girls dorms. In 2014 we worked to support the local maternity hospital, an AIDS orphanage, and a Primary School in Kasane. This year we will continue to support these.
Pupils pay for most of the visit themselves. Our fundraising supports the communities we help in Botswana and assists in funding reciprocal visits for students and staff from Palapye who visit Charleston every two years.
Our fundraising today has raised over £800 with more still to be counted. Students and staff aimed to cycle 500 miles today – the distance from the Botswana border into Palapye. Thank you to everyone who helped us out today. Your support is really appreciated. Read more about our Connecting Classrooms HERE.