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.”