Tudor in Four Continents

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Each year, groups of students from Tudor Hall Sixth Form take part in programmes to help improve the lives of children in the four continents of Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

One group travel to Johannesburg in South Africa to help out in the school run by the Sparrow foundation which was established to give an education to children who would otherwise be excluded from the system. Here they help in the classroom, as well as undertaking projects to improve the environment of the school by painting classrooms or the playground. During their time there, the group also have the opportunity to find out about the cultural heritage of South Africa by vising the townships in Soweto as well as experiencing a big game safari.

Another group travel to Chennai in Indian to lead sessions for children in a deprived area of the town. Here the teachers and students have helped the children in Science, Mathematics and Art classes, as well as directing a musical. Again, the students are able to experience the vibrant and colourful culture of India.

A third group visit Guatemala in Central America to work in a primary school run by Niños de Guatemala in a shanty town near Antigua. Students act as classroom assistants in the morning, as well as running workshop sessions in textiles and sports in the afternoons. Living in Antigua, a UNESCO site, and visiting the stunning Lake Atitlan allow the students to appreciate the beauty of the country, the complexity of religious life, as well as appreciating the simple steps that many are taking to try to raise their families out of poverty.

Recently, a fourth destination closer to home was established. Students visited Bolton near Manchester to help with a youth programme, run by the Bolton Lads and Girls club, where they quickly realised that problems of poverty and deprivation exist in our own country.