Teachers and kids at Sutton’s Fountaindale School benefit from skills swap programme

Sutton's Fountaindale School is welcoming visitors from Zambia this week as part of an on going link between the school and Mukuni Basic School in Kazungula, Livingston in Zambia. Pictured are Fountaindale pupils from Key Stage 3 with some of the crafts produced by pupils from Mukuni and staff from the Zambian School, from back left are; Deputy Head  Fine Halwiindi,  Senior Special Educational Needs Officer Benson Zemba and Nasiba Sibiho.
Sutton's Fountaindale School is welcoming visitors from Zambia this week as part of an on going link between the school and Mukuni Basic School in Kazungula, Livingston in Zambia. Pictured are Fountaindale pupils from Key Stage 3 with some of the crafts produced by pupils from Mukuni and staff from the Zambian School, from back left are; Deputy Head Fine Halwiindi, Senior Special Educational Needs Officer Benson Zemba and Nasiba Sibiho.

SUTTON’S Fountaindale School has been hosting teachers from a Zambian school as part of a cultural and training exchange programme.

Over the last 10 days teachers Fine Halwindi and Nasiba Sibiho, of Mukuni School, Livingstone, and Benson Zemba, head of special needs for the southern province of Zambia, have been on site to gain an insight into special educational needs teaching.

Mark Dengel, headteacher at Fountaindale, said Mukuni was one of the first mainstream schools in Zambia to have a special needs unit.

“In Zambia they want to include youngsters with special needs but they have not got experience of how to implement it in a mainstream school,” he said.

“We have sent staff out to Zambia and they have trained staff out there.”

Mr Dengel said the exchange had been very useful for Fountaindale teachers.

“It has been challenging for them training people but it has widened their experience and increased their commitment when they come back.”