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Blundeston pupils learn about daily life in the Tanzanian diocese of Kagera

PUBLISHED: 15:18 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:18 24 May 2017

Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link.
Some of the youngsters had a chance to dress in the traditional way.

Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. Some of the youngsters had a chance to dress in the traditional way.

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Pupils at a primary school have learnt about what life is like in Tanzania during a "wonderful" event.

Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link.
Traditional music.Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. Traditional music.

Children at Blundeston CEVC Primary School enjoyed two days of learning about Kagera in Tanzania, in a series of workshops.

The Kagera Days were celebrated last week as visitors from the Diocesean teaching team of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese led workshops where children learned about animals, clothes, work and play, food, education and Church and worship – following the travels of Edmund, the Cathedral bear, as he travelled from his Bury St Edmunds home to Kagera.

Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. Children making traditional music.Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. Children making traditional music.

The St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese has been linked with the Kagera diocese – a partner diocese in north-western Tanzania – as part of the Anglican Communion, which has a network of links around the world.

Having been linked with Kagera in Tanzania since 1994, common aims are friendship, understanding, praying, learning and sharing – with the Diocesean teaching team of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese running “exciting and challenging” Kagera Days at schools across Suffolk.

Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link.
Deputy head, Helen Laflin making artwork with the children..Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. Deputy head, Helen Laflin making artwork with the children..

The Blundeston Primary School youngsters enjoyed taking part in a range of activities – as they found out about what children learn at an Anglican primary school in Kagera, tasted African fruits, wore costumes, danced, acted and celebrated with an end of day assembly that used Swahili greetings and songs.

With the classes mixed during the two days last week, a spokesman for the school in Church Road, Blundeston said the Kagera days “were a fantastic cross-curricular learning experience,” which helped to broaden the pupils’ understanding of the worldwide status of Christianity.

Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. 
Stephen Dart teaching traditional music to the pupils.Youngsters at Blundeston primary school celebrate Kagera day with the Ipswich and St Edmundsbury diocese. The children are learing about Tanzania and the diocese link. Stephen Dart teaching traditional music to the pupils.

“The children learned about differences and similarities between their lives and those of children in Kagera,” the spokesman said. “It was a fantastic two days of learning.

“The children learned songs and stories in Swahili, which were celebrated in a final assembly. There was a real buzz among staff and children. Many thanks to our visitors, who taught us about ways of life in Kagera – we all had a wonderful day and learnt lots too.”

A year five pupil added: “I loved all of it – I learned so much about Kagera!”

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