Lebanese pupils experience week in Romford
PUBLISHED: 09:38 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:38 14 December 2015
Lebanese schoolchildren have visited Romford as part of an exchange programme created to help youngsters experience different education systems.
Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, welcomed the west Asian pupils from Paradise Secondary School and a teacher from Bangladesh last week.
As well as sightseeing in London they took part in lessons and seminars and even watched the Bower Park Glee Club perform on Friday night.
The visit was part of the Connecting Classrooms scheme, which offers grants to schools to host such visits.
Eddie Aylett, global leader at the school, believes Bower Park is leading the field.
He said: “I am personally amazed many schools fail to take part in a world where the understanding and education of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues are imperative to education.”
This is Bower Parks third connecting classrooms project, with Manenberg High School, South Africa, being the first last year.
The school wants every child to experience the global programme by either travelling themselves or providing experiences in the school itself.
Eddie reserved praise for the parents of children involved, who welcomed the Lebanese pupils into their homes for the week.
“We could not offer these experiences if it wasn’t for such dedicated and passionate parents,” he said. “The academy would like to thank the Tisbury family for everything they have done.”
Over the past two years Bower Park students have travelled to Cape Town and visited Robben Island.