Schools linking gives children the opportunity to learn about the lives of children in other countries and share some of their experiences. It can lead to a very special friendship which allows children to look at their own place in the world and understand it in a global context. It helps to develop a sense of responsibility towards the environment and awareness of issues of fairness and equality.
At Old Bexley we are very proud of our link with Napache School, Malawi. The link has been in place for nearly ten years and over that time we have welcomed three members of staff from Napache to our school and seen five teachers from Old Bexley visit Malawi.
The main focus of our link is to learn about each other's lives and schools, but we also do some fundraising to help out where we can. Every year we send essential school supplies to Napache in a container organised by Starfish Malawi. The container travels by ship and road and takes several months to arrive.
Water pump in the playground
Classroom at Napache
In addition to exercise books, pens and paper, we sent toothbrushes and toothpaste donated by the children.
We carried out some fundraising to build a new nursery for orphans and vulnerable children in the local area. The nursery is now complete and the children are benefiting by regular health checks, a good meal each day and some nursery education.