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Charles Darwin School Raises Funds for Partnership School in Zanzibar with a 12 Mile Sponsored Walk

On Sunday 10th March, Sixth Formers and teachers braved the heavy showers and strong winds to take part in a sponsored walk event from Bromley to the Tanzanian Embassy in Oxford Street to raise much needed funds for Charles Darwin School’s partnership school, Kojito Upele in Zanzibar  “Everyone did exceptionally well and we walked the 12 miles in 4 hours (including a lunch break),” said Miss Sales, “students are continuing to fundraise for their trip in the summer so please look out for more events.”


The event forms part of a 6 month sponsored fitness challenge to collectively run, walk, row and swim 7,000 miles from their school in Biggin Hill to their partnership school, Kijito Upele in Stone Town, Zanzibar. “Team Zanzibar (staff and students) are embarking upon a challenge both mental and physical", said Miss Candy, "It will test their commitment to the trip and, we hope, earn valuable funds to support the group trip to Zanzibar, and contribute towards a new perimeter fence for Kijito Upele school. At present, classrooms at Kijito Upele cannot display colourful resources, and tools and books are at risk of being stolen, as much of the school is open to the community. This is the first stage of our commitment to working with the school to improve their provision to the Kijito community.  We all start the New Year with ambitions of self-improvement, generosity and charity; we have decided to use this motivation to improve our own fitness ahead of the trip, and to provide resources for a school that is working hard to improve itself.”

In July 2019 students will once again be returning to Zanzibar to volunteer with their partnership school, where staff and Sixth Form students will work together to make a real difference to the Zanzibari pupils they work with. The school has a student population of over 3,900 students, aged from seven to fifteen years old, with up to 200 children taught in each classroom, learning without tables and chairs, sitting on the floor.  Whilst the most important work they will be carrying out whilst they are there is teaching, they would like to be able to take some resources for the school and to support their teaching. 

If you would like to make a donation towards the resources for Kojito Upele please visit our fundraising page at: