Crawley teachers travel to Rwanda to deliver pupils’ gifts

Northgate Primary School, Crawley, Mr Todd Thornback and Miss Justina Shelley'jpco-04-03-15-rwanda SUS-150225-162131001
Northgate Primary School, Crawley, Mr Todd Thornback and Miss Justina Shelley'jpco-04-03-15-rwanda SUS-150225-162131001
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“As a result of the money raised by Northgate children, the children of Rwanda were able to experience better access to education within the classroom and more opportunities for play beyond it.”

Youngsters took to the running track last summer to raise more than £200 for a school in Rwanda.

The event was organised by the school council, a group of children who act as the voice of the school community.

Every child ran two lengths of the school’s running track, with the older children helping the smaller ones to finish. Between them, they covered the same distance as a marathon

As a result of their fundraising, teachers Todd Thornback and Justina Shelley travelled to Rwanda to deliver blackboard paint and basketballs to the Groupe Scolaire Runaba School.

Mr Thornback said: “The blackboards in the school had become unusable and the children had no access to genuine balls. They were instead using plastic bags wrapped in string.

“As a result of the money raised by Northgate children, the children of Rwanda were able to experience better access to education within the classroom and more opportunities for play beyond it.”

Year 5 student Zara Mahmood even donated her own loom band collection, with an instruction booklet she made herself, to the children of Rwanda.

Miss Shelley and Mr Thornback also taught lessons during their stay and also found the time to track down the mountain gorillas which were famously researched by Dian Fossey.

Mr Thornback praised the Northgate pupils for their contribution to help improve the education of children in Africa.