Pupils turn teachers in Ethiopia

Derby High School pupils turned teachers at educational workshops during a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ethiopia

The girls planned and ran a series of workshops over two weeks for youngsters in Addis Ababa, during which they taught English, science, maths, art and craft, music and drama. 

The girls each had to raise money to pay for the trip which was the culmination of a year of planning and preparations. Student Sophie Woodcock, 16, of Allestree, said the trip was an incredible experience: “Everyone keeps asking me what it was like and it’s really hard to put it into words. It was just amazing. I was teaching English. We had already drawn up a detailed lesson plan for each day and had planned to play lots of games with the children to keep them interested.” 

Lessons were themed around a play that Derby High School students helped the children to perform. “It was really nice to see them all learning and by the time we came to leave we could see that they had improved, some children made massive strides,” said Sophie. 

This was the eleventh year that the school, in Hillsway, Littleover, has sent a group of students to Ethiopia. As well as teaching during the trips, students have also helped to build a community library for local children in Addis Ababa. 

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