Pupils benefit from African mission

Chaucer BEC South Africa expedition'UK and local children working together
Chaucer BEC South Africa expedition'UK and local children working together
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PUPILS from a South Yorkshire school are back from an African adventure - which gave them plenty of food for thought.

A party of 16 youngsters and three teachers from Chaucer Business and Enterprise College in Parson Cross travelled to Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Their mission was to create a garden where all sorts of vegetables can be grown capable of providing regular nutritious meals for the community’s neediest children. Chaucer set up links with Mboniselo Primary School in the Motherwell area of the city after an earlier group of pupils won a trip to the area two years ago.

It was decided to set up a follow up visit and the school raised £25,000 to fund the expedition. Deputy headteacher Lindy Stone said the pupils had received a welcome of songs, dancing and speeches.

“We were quite overwhelmed by the warmth of their welcome - it was very moving to realise that our visit meant such a lot to them, but also quite daunting,” she said.

It wasn’t long before the 14 to 16-year-olds realised they weren’t there on holiday.

“The ground was hard baked and very stony and needed to be dug and cleared by hand,” Lindy said.

“It was also hot – around 30C most of the time. But our young people battled through it much to the delight of the local people who were full of admiration for the way they kept going.”