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BISS Puxi & Pudong Students on a Trip of a Lifetime to Tanzania

March, 2014
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biss-px-tanzaniaDuring the Chinese New Year break, 13 students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi and Pudong campuses took part in an amazing journey to Tanzania where they worked with the Maua English Medium School in addition to having opportunities to experience the East African country through cultural excursions and a safari. They were joined by 93 students from 18 other Nord Anglia Education schools around the world.

Nord Anglia Education is the parent company of the British International School Shanghai, Puxi and Pudong campuses and 25 other schools globally. The expedition was part of the Global Classroom, its online learning community that works to provide international collaboration between students and opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Each year there is a chance for students to get together face-to-face, and the Tanzania Expedition was this year’s project.

“This was a once in a lifetime experience for many of the students. We all lead such privileged lives in comparison to what we experienced in Tanzania. The trip is sure to have an impact on the ways in which our students will consider how they can help further.  I heard one student already planning how he could return and help in other ways,” said Moira Lowe, Year 6 Teacher and Expedition Leader, BISS Pudong.

Students applied and were selected in October for the trip and have been working hard since then on raising money and awareness for their trip, planning lessons to teach to the Tanzanian children and even learning Swahili! Between them they raised an outstanding RMB 82,000+ from bake sales, Christmas card designs and sales, art auctions and outreach in the local community.

Whilst in Tanzania, they were teaching and renovating at the Maua English Medium School, including painting the inside and outside of the classrooms, dormitories and staff room and repairing broken windows and paths around the school.

They also had the opportunity to visit Zanzibar and the Ngorongoro Crater and go on safari. They learned about broader issues in Tanzania such as the local environment and the history of slavery and heard presentations from local businesses and organizations. They also celebrated their host country with ‘Africa Day’ where they learned about traditional African dance, bead-making and practiced their Swahili.

They finished the trip by celebrating their diverse cultures with an International Day before heading back to Shanghai.

The students were given time each evening to reflect on their experiences and share these through the Global Classroom with their peers back in Shanghai, who were logging in and asking questions about their trip. The students were all touched by the experiences they had in Tanzania and will carry them for life. 

“The time we spent in school with the children was so inspiring, just to see the smiles on the faces of the children was worth all the effort,“ said Simon Deklerck, a Year 10 student at BISS Pudong

This expedition was intrinsically linked to the British International School’s High Performance Learning educational approach, by facilitating students at the British International School Shanghai to become more open minded, to take risks and collaborate with others. 

 

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