A SCHOOLGIRL has spoken of her ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip to Ethopia.
Joanne Skinner, 16, from Brailsford, was one of 12 girls from Derby High School who planned and ran a series of educational workshops over two weeks for youngsters in Addis Ababa.
The experience gave her an insight into a different culture and an experience of people living in extreme poverty.
She said: “I really saw at first hand the differences in our lives.
“Everyone there is so nice and so happy”.
The girls taught English, Science, Maths, Art and Craft, Music and Drama to 60 children a week, aged from nine to 14.
They were split into two groups, acting as team leaders one week and teachers the next then swapping duties.
She taught music and drama in her second week and helped the children to peform a play.
Each girl had to raise £1700 to pay for the trip and they worked in co-operation with St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Addis Ababa. .
This was the tenth year that the school, in Hillsway, Littleover, has sent a group of students to Ethiopia.
During these visits the school has helped to build a community library for the local children in Addis Ababa and it now has 1,000 registered users.
The girls also visited local charities and saw the results of their fundraising work at first hand.
Reverend Rachel Barrett, chaplain at Derby High School who led the Ethiopia trip, said it was an amazing experience for the girls.
“We are very proud to have been running this trip for 10 years now and every group of girls we take always finds it extremely rewarding and worthwhile.
“The girls have to plan and prepare the lessons well in advance so this gives them an opportunity to work as a team and they have to be organised”.