COMPASSIONATE schoolchildren celebrated far-flung friendships when they learned about their African counterparts.
Youngsters from schools in Leamington and Warwick came together to learn about life for their partnered schools in Sierra Leone.
The Warwick district One World Link (OWL) charity has promoted friendship and mutual learning between the schools for nearly 40 years.
The links are made through teacher exchanges, children sharing work and projects, pen friendships, school clubs and teacher training delivered in Sierra Leone.
The day – at St Paul’s Primary in Leamington and supported by Warwick District Council – included drumming workshops, a parade, dancing and singing, stories from Sierra Leonean guests and a recital of ‘I am an African Child’ – a poem about the day in 1976 when schoolchildren were killed during protests.
OWL spokesperson Liz Garrett said: “It is unique and incredibly special to have so many Leamington and Warwick primary schools linked with schools in Sierra Leone.
“Strong bonds and friendships have grown between school communities and it is a joy to see children and teachers from the UK and Africa learn from each other and work together mutually.”
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western also attended the event.