South African education bosses in Wharfedale

Education chiefs from South Africa visited Wharfedale this week to talk to teachers and pupils.

The minister of education for KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu, led a delegation to primary and secondary schools as part of links between Durban and Leeds City Council.

He was interviewed by students at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, for a project called Voices Against Apartheid, which aims to record Leeds’ role in the campaign for racial equality. He went to St Mary’s School in Menston, which has a partnership with Mnyakanya School in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Other schools included Cookridge Primary, which has a link with Hillview Primary in Reservoir Hills and Masiphumelele Primary in Cape Town, and Gledhow Primary School.

David Geldart, assistant head teacher at St Mary’s and founder of the Bambisanani Partnership said: “It was wonderful to have the minister visit. He is genuinely interested in the Bambisanani Partnership, and wishes to see other schools get involved in such collaborative global learning.”

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