BIG-HEARTED pupils at Birchensale Middle School are forging links with a primary school 7,000km away in Redditch’s twin town of Mtwara.
Recently Birchensale sent a large van packed with clothes, books – in mint condition – and much more to Tanzania to be distributed to youngsters at the school, Mnaida Primary.
Co-ordinating the delivery were members of Redditch One World Link (ROWL) who worked with Mel Vaughan, head of geography at Birchensale.
The school has a proud history of involvement with ROWL, taking an active part in the ‘Redditch Rethinks Rubbish Expo’ in 2019 when pupils performed in an orchestra playing instruments made of rubbish.
“Our Year 7 pupils were shown the photographs of the Mnaida Primary School and loved seeing the excitement on their faces of the children when looking at the books,” said Mel.
“Undoubtedly, it also made our Birchensale pupils realise how lucky they were with what they have and have access too.”
Birchensale is now looking to further develop its links with Mnaida Primary School.
Students have written to fellow pupils at the Tanzanian school, telling them about their lives to develop a bond between the two. It is hoped this will help them have a better understanding about what life is like in Mtwara compared to Redditch.