Zanzibar or bust! We have been quite quiet about our next global challenge – as we did fear that at one point it might not happen… but it did!
GMS Returns to Tanzania, October 2013
After weeks of fundraising, ordering equipment and collecting generous donations and gifts, the ’Tanzania Team’ was ready to set off on their journey to Regeza Mwendo School in Zanzibar. Tom Collier (Curriculum Leader for PE) and PE teachers Vicky Cassettari and Glenn Prime were joined by linguistics expert and MFL teacher Sarah Sawtell on the project, which focused on teaching literacy to pupils by using sport and sporting activities as a means of delivering lessons. The long-term goal of this project is to create ‘Sports Leaders’ who will teach younger pupils the rules of new sports and the literacy needed to participate in them. We know already that they have continued the project and this is very pleasing indeed...
Zanzibar or bust!
Our first visit to Tanzania, October 2011
We have been quite quiet about our next global challenge – as we did fear that at one point it might not happen… but it did!
Selected by the British Council and The Youth Sports Trust – we are taking part in a project called International Inspiration. This forms part of the promise made by our government when they were chosen to host the Olympics and Paralympics in London 2012.
What does that actually mean? It means that we want to inspire young people in London including George Mitchell School (All-Through) and across the globe to use sport as a means to improving skills, build new relationships, following our school motto – More is in Me!
Our school in Zanzibar in Tanzania, East Africa is Regeza Mwendo Secondary School and the Headteacher is Fatma Sleyyum Abeid. She will be joining us early in December with one of the PE teachers Juma Masoud Ally. They played host to us early in November showing us their school, meeting with their Governing Body, teachers and students. It was a wonderful experience and one we will be sharing with our student body shortly – as we are going to be working with them on long term joint plans - they are truly our partners. The students and teachers reminded us of the George Mitchell community – friendly, inclusive and genuinely really nice people – a partnership put together by luck, but couldn’t have been more appropriate.