Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link

Beach and street clean-up!

[The British Council scheme which our partners-schools are all involved in includes community activities around the theme of Zero Waste. Here’s the press release after the recent beach clean-up in Hastings and street clean-up in Battle.]

Sierra Leone link promotes Zero Waste

Global citizenship took another step forward when schools from the Hastings area took part in a clean-up afternoon.

Beach cleans and street cleans took place on Hastings beach and around Battle as part of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link’s Zero Waste project.

The Hastings beach clean-up crew came from All Saints’, St Leonard’s, St Paul’s and Sedlescombe CE Primaries while Battle Abbey, Battle and Langton and Claverham students purged the undergrowth and those corners where litter collects in Battle.

Students and staff who took part were mildly encouraged to find less waste than they were expecting, perhaps the serious situation we all face is beginning to filter through to the public. It certainly needs to make a powerful and urgent impact on all sections of the community.

It is vital that the younger generation get the message clear and strong and the work which the 12 school partnerships with Sierra Leone are doing is clearly making an impact with students in participating schools.

Jett from St Leonard’s CE school, speaking for so many of those present, said: “it was a valuable experience because I know how much rubbish is scattered around to get into the sea. It’s shocking how much people litter”.

The mother of Layla from All Saints’ CE school said: “It’s lovely to get kids involved in keeping the environment clean and making them aware of the consequences of failing to do so”.

Mia, Kitty, Maya and Andie from Claverham Community College were united in the view that this could make a real impact on Battle and the work they were doing in school was “rewarding and vital”.

Cllr Glenna Favell, the Mayor of Battle, said: “What a privilege it is to join with so many youngsters keenly involved in community service”.

James Bacon, Deputy Mayor of Hastings, who took part on the beach said: “I am thoroughly impressed with the commitment of our young people who are leading the way in learning to tackle climate change. It is an honour to support them”.

On June 15th a group of teachers from the Hastings area in Sierra Leone will be arriving to work for a week with students and staff in their partner schools. They, too, have been making huge efforts to involve their children in similar Zero Waste activities.

Pictures – the Hastings and Battle clean-up teams