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Local teacher on half-term trip with a difference

Mari Williams, a teacher a Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College, is spending half term with teachers working in makeshift camps in Sudan.

Credit: Ron Coello / Education Action
Credit: Ron Coello / Education Action
Credit: Ron Coello / Education Action
Credit: Ron Coello / Education Action

Mari and seven other British teachers are visiting schools and education projects around Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, as part of a trip organised by the charity Education Action.

Mari and her colleagues will be sharing their experiences with local teachers and learning about the lives of the two million people, displaced by civil war, living in camps surrounding Khartoum. Their schools will also be raising money for the charity's work.

"I am embarking on a journey into the heart of Sudan to witness teaching in the most difficult of circumstances," says Mari.

"Although I'm a little anxious and don't know what to expect, I am also excited to see the progress being made through the power of teaching. Education is the most important way for these communities to tackle the root causes of poverty."

During the week spent in Sudan, the teachers will spend time taking part in various education projects and class lessons. They will then exchange ideas and teach classes with local teachers. As well as visiting local schools found within the camps, the group will also take a look at wider educational initiatives, including a kindergarten scheme, adult literacy programmes and business advice groups.

On her return to Geoffrey Chaucer Technology College in Harper Road Mari is hoping to raise awareness of the issues facing children, adults and teachers in Sudan. She is also hoping to use her experiences to raise much needed funds to support children who deserve an education around the world: "When you think that only 25 pays for a child to go to school for a whole year, your donations will go a long way."

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