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Pupils bond with Lalibela students on Ethiopia trip


During half term, 18 pupils and three teachers went to Ethiopia to visit Lalibela and the pupils at Lalibela High School.

Millfield pupils and the Millfield community have raised money to support the Lalibela School in a number of ways. The money has been used to build toilets, provide text books, creating two IT suites with 55 computers as well as a water and electricity supply. One of the next projects will include further IT equipment and the improvement of the Science labs, as well as girls’ latrines. A particular highlight according to the pupils was the opportunity to distribute sport kit to the Lalibela students, including a full set for the Lalibela football 1st team, who are doing well in the local and national league.

Pupils on the trip also had the opportunity speak to children from the school and in the local community, as well as taking part in teaching lessons and playing games, including three football matches with the Lalibela 1st team.

The pupils also visited the local heritage sites, including the rock churches of Lalibela, which the pupils were said to have been very impressed with their architecture. They also visited the local market with students from the Lalibela School, as well as enjoying a dinner in the evening with a fantastic orange and gold African sunset.

Towards the end of the trip, the group went trekking for three days, walking 50km in high temperatures, rocky terrain and high altitudes. During the trek, the pupils stayed in two mud hut locations, with some lucky enough to spot a leopard and hear hyenas and howling wolves. They were also able to visit a number of primary schools on the trek, and gave out more sports shirts and sets of exercise books and pens.

On their last night, the pupils took part in an Ethiopian party that included trying the local honey wine, St. George's beer and dancing.
Published: December 14 2017

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