It has been such a privilege and honour to represent Ackworth Howard as Headteacher during my time in Tanzania alongside a group of remarkable people.

I have been moved and encouraged by the things that I have seen. It has been inspiring to see the impact of the work from the collaboration between schools, the diocese of Leeds and the diocese of Mara.

A particularly special day for our school was meeting the wonderful children and staff of Mshikamano (meaning solidarity) Primary School, our partner school, including Headteacher Ameena.

Seeing the children’s gifts in Africa brought a tear to my eye. They were so appreciated and the children even sang songs thanking us for coming and for the gifts.

Today I have begun to process what has been experienced and will carry those that I have encountered in my heart forever. I will find ways to articulate and communicate these treasures the best way that I can. We had a lovely assembly this morning where we discussed our partner school, learnt some Swahili and sang a song. The Howard children were fantastic!

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Bega Kwa Bega – Shoulder to Shoulder