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Two Newton Abbot academy teachers' life-changing journey to Uganda

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

PERCEPTION: Amy Stephens teaching dance in Uganda

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TWO teachers at Newton Abbot's Coombeshead Academy have returned from a trip to Uganda.

Abigail Wright and Amy Stephens have been working alongside the charity All Our Children who sponsor disadvantaged children through education.

They delivered books, clothes and educational materials to schools and orphanages there and also taught the youngsters.

"We're setting up a school link with the Pentagon School," said Abi, who went on the visit during the Easter break.

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"Education is free in Uganda, but the families have to pay for uniform and resources which they can't afford."

The teachers taught in their specialist areas of geography and dance and facilitated a teaching conference.

"It's very different there to here," said Abi.

"It's very much chalk and talk. In their usual lessons there's a lot of repetition. Dance and drama are usually extra on the curriculum.

"The youngsters enjoyed learning about western and contemporary dance," said Amy.

"It was challenging and rewarding."

The aim is now to run a trip for around 10 students to visit with staff next year to cement the link.

"We're starting from scratch with this link," said Abi.

"We've come back and told all the students at Coombeshead Academy about our trip and it's made them realise how lucky they all are.

"It was a life changing couple of weeks. I've come back a different person in terms of perception," said Amy.

They also want to bring the director of the Pentagon School here and hope to get funding from the British Council.

To help their fundraising efforts, they have organised a ladies night at the school tomorrow.

There will be food, drink, stalls and entertainment and a raffle, plus hair demonstrations and gifts.

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  • miner69er  |  May 19 2014, 4:23AM

    self gratification always seems to be the key factor when helping out Africa, these people always return home to fly the flag, but never stay out in the community to which they hold such high regard,go into the inner cities of this country you`ll soon find similar conditions but not down here in sunny devon..

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