Pupils em­bark on ‘life-chang­ing’ trip to Uganda

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PUPILS from Moni­fi­eth High School have left on a once-in-a-life­time “cul­tural ex­change” to Uganda.

The fo­cus of the trip to east Africa is cross-cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion and to pro­vide the stu­dents with an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence in a part of the world they may oth­er­wise never see.

They will be in­volved in the re­ju­ve­na­tion of school gar­dens in the Amuria district that have been hit by re­cent droughts.

In­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment char­ity Sign­post In­ter­na­tional has been part­nered with Moni­fi­eth High for more than a decade and has worked to en­able groups of young­sters to spend time in some of the com­mu­ni­ties it serves.

Funds raised by the char­ity will go to­wards sup­ply­ing tools and seeds, enabling lo­cal pupils, teach­ers and par­ents to pro­duce enough food for school meals.

S6 pupil Paulina Markowska said: “I first made the decision that I wanted to go to Uganda af­ter see­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion by the school’s 2016 In­dia Team af­ter their trip to In­dia.

“It gave me an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of these trips and how they can truly im­pact the lives of the peo­ple we meet in such a positive way”.

Class­mate Ben Ram­say said: “Over in Uganda we will be help­ing un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in schools and even if I help one child then that, to me, is an ac­com­plish­ment.

“I am de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to go to Uganda as it will be a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in which I can learn about a com­pletely dif­fer­ent cul­ture to my own.”

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