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Wells Central Junior School to feature as part of BBC World Class initiative

Category: Africa;; CBBC

Date: 20.05.2005
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Wells Central Junior School is taking part in a new pan-BBC initiative, called BBC World Class, because it is twinned with a school in Africa - and will be featured in a special edition of CBBC Xchange's Class Wars in July.


The BBC World Class initiative is encouraging schools across the UK to twin with African schools, beginning on 25 May - the UN's Africa Day.


The scheme has its own website - - which offers schools information about getting started with twinning and outlines the reasons for getting involved.


It also provides a chatroom for teachers to share their experiences and swap advice and tips, to make the experience as rewarding as possible.


Wells Central Junior School twinned with Karujubu Primary School in Uganda in 2002 and teacher Steve Turner, who co-ordinates the link, says: "We believe that international twinning can be an incredibly enriching experience, not just for the children but for our parents and teachers too.


"We've been involved with our twin school in Uganda for three years and in that time we've built up some really strong friendships. Hopefully over the next few weeks many more schools across the West Country will see how beneficial a link like this can be."


Annette Williams, Executive Producer of Xchange, says: "Xchange is supporting the BBC's ambition to recruit 1,000 schools across the UK as part of BBC World Class, and the staff and children at Wells Central Junior School have been brilliant in helping us get the initiative off the ground in the West Country.


"World Class will allow children to experience school life through different eyes. Finding out how much they've got in common with each other is just as important as celebrating their cultural differences.


"Communication between the two groups shouldn't be prohibited, simply because they are a few thousand miles apart!"


BBC World Class is just one part of Africa Lives on the BBC - a collaboration across the BBC family of TV, radio and online services and culminating in a full week of programmes on BBC ONE devoted to African life - from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July.


The G8 Conference, the Commission for Africa and the twentieth anniversary of Live Aid are the backdrop to Africa Lives on the BBC making 2005 the year when the continent will dominate the headlines like never before.


Partners in the initiative include the British Council, Link Community Development, UK One World Linking Association, Voluntary Service Overseas, Dolen Cymru, Youth Sport Trust, Plan International and Africa Bookcase.


Notes to Editors:


CBBC's Xchange is doing its bit to help the BBC World Class initiative succeed in an attempt to twin 1,000 schools from the UK with 1,000 schools in Africa.


During their special week of African-themed programming, they will have all the regular Xchange strands, but with an African twist.


Instead of Class Wars the strand will be re-titled Class Roars, and children from Karujubu Primary School in Uganda will take on the children at Wells Central Junior School in a range of challenges. The winning school will be crowned at the end of the week.


Xchange will also be filming at a school in Ghana and at a another school in Uganda that is looking to be twinned with a school in the UK.


Throughout Africa Lives on the BBC, the programme will explore African culture as well as how twinning works and the benefits for the schools involved.


Xchange: Monday to Friday 7.30am, 1.30pm, 4.30pm on the CBBC Channel.



Category: Africa;; CBBC

Date: 20.05.2005
Printable version


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