Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link

School-to-school links

 Isabel Hodger and Richard Homewood write:

School-to-School Links Spring 2021

School-to-School Links Spring 2021

Despite the covid situation our school links remain strong. We still have 13 partnerships and regularly exchange news with our partners in Sierra Leone. We now meet through Teams or Zoom, it is so good to see everyone’s faces, even if it is on a screen.

Schools in Sierra Leone are functioning normally. The cases of Covid in Sierra Leone remain very low.

We are still hoping to invite 6 of our partner teachers to visit Hastings UK in October. This will complete this round of British Council grant funding. At that time we will have a Community Celebration to share the successes of our Zero Waste Project.

Our Sanitation Project remains an important focus. However, fund raising has been difficult over the last year. No further progress has been made so far this year to build on the success of the 4 schools who now having access to clean water all year round.

Our School Farms Project is getting off the ground as the rainy season arrives in Sierra Leone. 25 schools are taking part this year, and we look forward to even better results than the huge success of last year’s Seeds Challenge.

Our International Pupil Council in UK has been difficult to maintain with covid restrictions here, but our schools in Sierra leone have been able to have meetings and now every classroom in our partner schools has a waste bin. They are now working towards every school having a waste dump on site.

Global Learning still continues in our UK schools and some of our most recent activities can be seen here by clicking the links.

We are always looking for schools to join us in our partnerships, so if you are interested in developing Global Learning and Connecting Classrooms in your school, please get in touch.


Isabel Hodger

April 2021


Our current partnerships are as follows

Claverham Community College – Huntingdon Allentown Secondary

St Leonards CE Primary – Model Baptist, Grafton

St Paul’s Primary Academy – REC Kossoh Town

All Saints CE Primary Academy – Edest Primary

Battle Abbey Secondary – Kelly’s Vocational College

St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary – Beckley Primary

Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary – Maynard Primary

Christ Church CE Academy – Kankalay Muslim Primary

Battle and Langton Community Primary – REC Jui Lower Primary

Sedlescombe CE Primnary – REC Jui Upper Primary

Sacred Heart RC Primary – REC Hastings

St Mary Star of the Sea – St Mulumba Primary

St Peter’s and St Paul’s – Glory Primary


We also maintain close links with:

Christ Standard Primary

REC Rokel

Huntingdon Jui Secondary.


Some photos from the 2020 visit:

Growing plants in old tyres: Kelly’s Vocational College
Two classes in one room: REC Rokel Primary
‘True or false?’ maths game at St Mulumba
Practising using Base 10 equipment at the Teachers’ Workshop
Using a projector for the first time ever at Jui Upper Teachers’ Workshop


More Base 10 work