Event - Tanzanian Visit by Mr Msonga

June 2014

Following on from Mrs Coleman's visit to Tanzania in February, we welcomed Mr Ally Msonga from Tengeru Primary School in Tanzania to Bodenham.

The visit is part of a British Council funded project - Connecting Classrooms.

He visited all of the classes, observing how lessons were taught, chatting to the children and was able to join Class 1 and their Year 6 buddies on a treasure hunt to Queenswood as well as taking part in a whole school picnic in the orchard.

The children had many interesting questions for Mr Msonga about life in his school and his own family life. They found out that in Tanzania all children walk to school, clean their own classrooms and that Mr Msonga's family cook their meals on a wood fire outside.

The project is about 'purposeful plants' and when in Tanzania, Mrs Coleman was shown how with just a small area of land a 'keyhole garden' can be made incorporating a compost area and a place for 'dirty' water to be recycled.

On a visit to an award winning smallholding in Tanzania, we were shown how this type of gardening has helped provide vegetables continuously through the year as well as a small surplus for selling.

During his visit, Mr Msonga was keen to find out about the many plants that grow in our very lush, green environment and was fascinated by all the fruits and vegetables harvested at Court Farm in Tillington.

Our Tanzanian visitors learnt much about our education system and the environment and as a school we were able to reflect on the many good things we sometimes take for granted in our school and family life.

St Michael's keyhole garden.
Keyhole gardens under construction at Nmbala school.

A keyhole garden planted with spinach.
Our Tanzanian visitors.

Learning to sew in Class 2.
Strawberry picking at Court Farm, Tillington.