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Education

2014 Library
2014 Library

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2014 Library
2014 Library

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2014 Library
2014 Library

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The Library Project  2014-2015

The library project was one of the first major projects that the charity worked on. We were introduced to a world of planning and renovation and eventually, the room was completed. We received book donations from many, which added to the space and gave the students access to a variety of genres, so that they could practice their reading. The space included desks and chairs, and provided a quiet space for the students of Kizimkazi to read and study. 

the computer room project 2015-2016

In 2016, the computer room project at Kizimkazi School was completed. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to get computers for the room. The teachers of Kizimkazi school had mentioned that it was a ‘step forward’ in learning and the students were very excited to begin learning how to type and write letters. It made planning lessons easier for the teachers as they had access to new resources such as Word that aided them in the process.

2016 Computer Project
2016 Computer Project

Setting up the computers and testing them.

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2016 Computer Room Porject
2016 Computer Room Porject

Students receive the computers.

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2016 Computer Project
2016 Computer Project

Moving the computers.

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Zanzibar Board at St.Thomas Primary School
Zanzibar Board at St.Thomas Primary School

This Board is displayed near the entrance, and it demonstrates the strong link between Zanzibar and the School.

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Layla teaching students about Zanzibar 2013
Layla teaching students about Zanzibar 2013

Layla came in to teach a year 6 class about Zanzibar and its culture

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St.Thomas Library activities
St.Thomas Library activities

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Cultural exchange project

St Thomas Primary School in Swansea have been highly integral in the work of the organisation, since the establishment, together with the St Thomas Community and St Thomas Library. 

 

This has not only been through support of activities in Zanzibar, but active participation in the work.

 

In 2009, Nawal passionately shared her story of her visit to Zanzibar with her class and her classmates and teachers were very interested. They shared this with the school head who then invited Nawal’s mum, Layla, to present at the assembly. This marked the beginning of a long lasting partnership between Bigger Heart and St Thomas Primary School, forming this Africa-Wales link.

Since then, the school donates much needed supplies to their sister school, Kizimkazi Primary School in Zanzibar. Supplies include; stationery, books, uniforms, clothing and sanitary wear.

 

Additionally, the children at St Thomas continue to learn more about the Zanzibar culture and language from their own interest and through independent research and culture sessions with BHZ. BHZ visits Zanzibar every 1-2 years. Student teachers from St Thomas have often joined BHZ on a voluntary basis on these trips, learning more about the country first hand.

 

 

Pupils at St Thomas school have been involved in the following activities;

 

  •  Building relationships with their peers in Zanzibar schools

  • Maintaining relationships with their peers in Zanzibar as penpals

  • Cultural exchange through sharing of experiences

  • Language exchange (Welsh and Swahili)

 

This project is ongoing, and we hope to involve more schools both in Wales and in Zanzibar, fostering good relationships such as this.