By Connie Osborne Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:29
TEACHERS and children from a Redditch school welcomed visitors from Palestine as part of a cultural exchange programme.
Woodrow First School opened its doors to eight teachers and members of the A.M Qattan Foundation which aims to develop culture and education in the Arab world.
The Longdon Close pupils learned about Palestinian culture, customs and languages, including dancing and trying a selection of food, while teachers from the school visited Jerusalem last Easter to experience life in a school there.
As part of the programme both children and teachers also met the town’s MP Karen Lumley during a visit to Worcester Cathedral.
Mrs Lumley said pupils would benefit from speaking to teachers from a very different culture.
“Learning from people from another part of the world can change your own perceptions and after speaking to the teachers, I know they were also passionate about learning about this country too.”
Headteacher Richard Kieran, who has visited Jordan as part of the scheme, said the visiting teachers thought the children and staff were incredibly welcoming.
“I’m very proud of our school and the fact they have not only decided to come to Redditch but Woodrow in particular. There has been a real buzz around the school.”
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