TEACHERS from schools in the North West of England have returned to the UK after a visit to schools in Tanzania.
The trip – organised by United Co-operatives – was part of an innovative project to link six schools in Wigan, St Helens and Bolton with their counterparts in the town of Moshi which lies at the base of Kilimanjaro.
The three teachers who travelled to Moshi visited Wazalendo High School, which is associated with the Co-operative College in Tanzania, and with which it is hoped to form a lasting link.
In addition to the formalities, each of the teachers was able to introduce pupils at the school to UK teaching methods, before an exchange of letters between UK and Tanzanian pupils took place.
The delegation, which included United representatives, also visited the Kilimanjaro Native Co-operative Union and a number of small coffee farming co-operatives.
United's Mike Ash-Edwards said: "Friendships were made during the visit" and there is tremendous determination to create a lasting relationship to benefit children in both UK and Tanzanian schools."
An invitation has been made to Tanzanian teachers to make a visit in the UK to further develop the link. Work will continue between pupils and teachers at both ends of the link to develop education projects of mutual benefit.