On the 15th April all Year 9 pupils took part in a workshop with Lights for Learning. Lights for learning is a charity based in Cricklade that builds solar lighting to support those in the disadvantaged parts of the world. The aim of the day was to raise awareness and compare life in Zambia to their own. In addition to this they could produce something to help the children in Zambia. The pupils made solar light units from scratch. These lights are to go out to Kamwi Primary School to enable learning to take place when light reduces.
The task was met with positivity and enthusiasm by all and despite the fiddly, physical challenges for some, everyone made at least 2 light units, some made 7. The students were supported by school staff, the team from Lights for Learning and representatives of the Cirencester Rotary Club who very kindly donated £1000 to fund the project.
The lights will be fitted in the school by the local Zambian team who have been trained by Lights for Learning. Doug Staff from Crowdys Hill School will be escorting the lights to Zambia and will work with the team to install them. Each light will be accompanied by a postcard from the year 9 pupils and a booklet about themselves. We are hopeful that the pupils of Kamwi Primary School will write back to us with information about their life.