Update on Bo

Update on Bo
 
As you know, our link with a school in Sierra Leone enables us to connect with people from a very different culture to learn about life from friends. This helps open our children's eyes to the reality of poverty and helps them become compassionate global citizens. It enables them to admire all that is amazing and uplifting about our African partners as well.
 
Over the past three months teachers across Warwick district have remained in touch through Whatsapp and, unlike the West African Ebola virus in 2015, this time we shared a crisis together- the Covid 19 Pandemic. Only about 20% pupils in Bo were accessing any education, mostly through the radio, or for those who could afford- private tutoring. Some were sent out selling items to make extra money for struggling families.
 
Today, July 1st, our link school opened again for Class Six pupils who will sit their NPSE exams in August. This is the equivalent of Y6 SATS but pupils need to pass to be allowed to move on to Secondary Education.
 
Sierra Leone, with a population of 8 million, has had 1,462 cases with 974 recovered. They suffered 60 deaths, compared to 4,000 from Ebola disease. Life has been made very difficult for the majority of people with food prices soaring due to closed borders.
 
Our One World Link teachers both in Warwick and Bo were able to celebrate the Day of the African Child on 16th June with a Zoom meeting connecting the communities. Please see link for more details:
http://oneworldlink.org.uk/day-of-the-african-child-2020-press-release/
The “Day of the African Child” is an international event, celebrated every year on 16th June, to raise awareness of the continuing need to promote children’s rights and to improve education to African children. Since the Coronavirus prevents us from getting together to celebrate this day, teachers and other OWL members in Bo and the UK met up in a virtual meeting.
oneworldlink.org.uk
 
I'm sure All Saints will join in sending greetings and Good Luck to all the class six pupils in Bo.
 
Best wishes,
Liz Garrett
International Schools Leader