10:00am Saturday 17th March 2012
By Rene Gerryts
TWO visiting Cameroon teachers gave Woodroffe School pupils a glimpse of life in Africa during their recent visit.
The visit, part of a British Council scheme encouraging global school partnerships, is the fourth such exchange between the Dorset and African schools.
This time it was the turn of Besong Leo Akem Ayuk and Wemngong Ita Yewong.
Ita teaches geography and citizenship in the school in Buea, and Leo is a senior teacher, responsible for ICT and economics.
The duo spent three days sharing lessons with the Woodroffe staff, telling students about life in Cameroon for their counterparts at school.
They also led discussions on global issues such as sustainable development, social justice and equity, peace and conflict.
They spoke in two school assemblies and watched local theatre performances including Little Foot at Lyme’s Marine Theatre and Romeo and Juliet, performed by a visiting theatre company who put on the play for year nine students.
Leo said: “This was a fantastic show. I had to study Romeo and Juliet at school, so it was wonderful to see it performed.”
They also took the time to visit St Michael’s Primary School and took an assembly there, answering the questions youngsters put to them.
They also met Lyme Regis Mayor Sally Holman and were impressed with her welcome to them and enjoyed learn- ing about the history of the council and its role in the community.
The Woodroffe School sent the teachers on their way after their week’s visit with five secondhand laptops donated by Bovington ICT centre, as well as numerous geography and English text books.
Next it will be the turn of two Lyme teachers heading out to Cameroon in May.
Director of art, Dot Wood, said: “We are delighted that our partnership is going from strength to strength.
“In fact, Seoras Strain, teacher of RE and citizenship, and Debbie Hill, teacher of science, will be returning to Buea in May and we eagerly await news of their travels.”
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