St. Ita's Flourishing Friendship with Madagascar
In 2016, P4 pupils of St. Ita's Primary School in Belfast formed a special friendship with the children of Besaoka Primary School, Madagascar. The partnership, facilitated by the Adsum Foundation, complemented St. Ita's passion for the Eco Schools programme.
Through regular correspondence the twinning programme has increased the pupils' global perspective and taught both the Northern Irish and Malagasy pupils much about life in both countries. This would not have been possible without the support of Mrs Anne Gillespie of St. Ita's Primary School and Barry Ferguson who manages the project for us in Madagascar.
After learning about the lack of safe drinking water in parts of Madagascar, the staff and pupils of St. Ita's rallied together in 2016/17 to raise funds for the drilling of a well at Tanakambana Secondary School. The well, which is due to be completed by Christmas, will provide 546 pupils with access to safe drinking water at school.
One year on from the initial exchange of letters, the schools are still in contact and furthermore, St. Ita's are busy fundraising for a second well in Madagascar!
Not only have the pupils of St. Ita's learned about Madagascar from their pen pal peers but they have also benefited from engaging talks from Dr Sue Christie on the animals and their habitats in Madagascar.
Long may this healthy and blossoming relationship continue!