Three teachers from Tanzania are spending time with staff and pupils from Bowes Hutchinson Primary, Montalbo Primary in Barnard Castle and Ramshaw Primary.
Staff and children, with the help of GlaxoSmithKline in Barnard Castle, have collected supplies for pupils at their Tanzanian sister schools.
The packs, which contain stationery, toothpaste and a toothbrush, were presented to the Tanzanian visitors as they spent yesterday with children from Ramshaw School.
“They said they were honoured that we had thought of them and were very happy,” said headteacher Dominic Brown. Hedwig Bennett, Esther Kawala and William Maimu, spent the day talking to pupils and taking part in activities.
They had a question and answer session, before teaching the pupils a parade that Tanzanian schoolchildren do each day.
They also showed the children some typical Tanzanian food before learning some English playground games to take back to their country.
GIFTS FOR AFRICA: Pupils at Ramshaw School, from left, Sarah Hanrahan ten, Rhiannon Leonard 11, Luke Hutchinson and Isabella Thompson, both ten, with teachers from Tanzania and school staff, from left, Ester Kawala, deputy headteacher Liz Sturrock, William Maimu, headteacher Dominic Brown and Hedwig Bennett
Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT
Mr Brown said: “I think our children were horrified to find out that children in Tanzania have to be at school for 7.30am and have to go home and help around the house when they finish at 4pm.
“I think they were also interested to find out about how people in Tanzania manage a very balanced diet.”
The English schools are now looking for a way to deliver the equipment they have collected to Tanzania.
Anyone who can help in the delivery is asked to call Ramshaw School, on 01388-832411
Source: SOUTH DURHAM NEWS ROUND-UP | northernecho.co.uk | Wed, May 26, 2010