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Cobham students return from 'incredible' trip to Namibian school

Published Monday 14th of September 2015 05:11:59 PM

Students and teachers from ACS Cobham International School recently returned from an inspirational 32-day expedition to a primary school in Namibia. 17 students, aged 16 to 18, travelled to Kutenhoas Primary School in the Berseba district of Namibia to participate in community projects as part the ACS Namibia Project. The ACS Namibia Project has been supporting schools in Namibia since 1999, enabling students and the ACS community to participate in lasting partnerships with the schools and to create brighter learning opportunities, whilst paving the way for ongoing aid. This year’s month long expedition saw the ACS Cobham students working in teams to renovate school facilities, classrooms, dormitories and housing for teachers. The student-led team was involved in all aspects of the renovation, from cement mixing to painting community buildings and creating a community garden. Tasha Arnold, Head of Grade 11 and Namibia Project Team Leader, commented: “It was incredible to see our students approach such a big project with huge enthusiasm and determination. It was physically very demanding, but they never quit; they worked tirelessly and rose to every challenge.” The Namibia Project team also established relationships with the Kutenhoas people; bonding with the community and donating building tools, uniforms, blankets, food, educational equipment, and personal and First Aid supplies. The team organised meetings to provide some basic first aid training and to discuss how the equipment and supplies would be fairly distributed across the whole community. Scrapbooks were also created for the Kutenhoas community and school to document the project.
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