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ACS Cobham welcomes guests from Namibia

Published Tuesday 17th of May 2016 12:56:52 PM

ACS Cobham International School welcomed students and staff from a secondary school in Namibia recently as part of an on-going partnership. Eight students and two teachers from Dr Alpo Mauno Mbamba Junior Secondary School, in Rundu, Namibia, visited ACS Cobham for a week of cultural and academic exchange. During the visit, the group from Dr Alpo enjoyed Dormitory life, participated in High School lessons, taught younger students, gave presentations and made use of the campus facilities. They learned about tertiary education at home in Namibia and elsewhere. The students, who were visiting the UK for the first time, and their ACS student hosts, also enjoyed visits to London and the coast to experience some of UK’s cultural attractions, including the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Changing the Guard, and The Lion King Musical at the Lyceum Theatre. The group from Dr Alpo School welcomed the Namibian High Commissioner, Steve Katjiuanjo, and his wife, and other High Commission diplomats to ACS Cobham’s annual Night for Namibia, an evening of fundraising, dinner and drinks at Sandown Park. The night of fundraising, which included an auction, raised over £40,000 for the Namibia Project The ACS Namibia Project started in 1999, enabling the ACS community to participate in lasting partnerships with Namibian schools and to create learning opportunities for ACS and Namibian students. Each summer, a group of ACS students travel to Namibia for a month long expedition to participate in voluntary projects: renovating classrooms, donating supplies and working with the community. The funds raised at the Night for Namibia will go towards project work at the partner schools, including Dr Alpo School. Bo Wood, High School Assistant Principal, said: “We have had a wonderful time hosting our visitors from Dr Alpo. We have learned from each other and forged even stronger bonds between our school and theirs. “Our students did a fabulous job hosting our visitors. I’m very proud of them all. Old and young have learned a lot about each other, and ourselves, over the past eight days. “I’m also extremely proud of our Namibia 2016 Team and their teacher leaders who organised the magnificent Night for Namibia event. With the amazing generosity and support of our wonderful ACS parents, they have ensured our collaboration with our Namibian partner schools can continue”.
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