Repfest in Africa
The past couple of years, whilst challenging in terms of live performance, have enabled us to gain experience in sharing the delights of The Repton Festival online. A new relationship with The University of Derby has encouraged us to develop our online presence so that we share our wonderful festival experience around the world. We have identified Africa as our online area of focus and have developing projects in Kenya. To earn the right to an African audience we are actively supporting educational projects in Africa that have direct mutual benefits to children in the UK and Africa.
A Repfest International project team has been created to realise our international aspirations. It supports the Kids League Kenya charity. This wonderful charity helps to build a world where young people have the opportunity to improve their lives through access to education, sport and recreation. It provides secondary and tertiary level educational scholarships for children from a disadvantaged areas of Mombasa in Kenya. Scholarships that provide young people with the life skills that equip them with the ability to help realise a happier, safer, more secure and prosperous world.
This partnership is currently facilitating a schools twinning project between Repton, Castle Donnington and other local schools with schools located in the charity’s target area of Kongowea, Mombasa, Kenya. Primary School students in all the schools have been corresponding, studying parallel subjects and taking part in an online live link exchanging their ideas and loving every minute of it! Staff have also been offered opportunities to share a training in ‘Rubbish Science’ showing that all children can grasp basic scientific principles regardless of their school’s facilities.
The Repfest International team with the help of Derby South Rotary is also raising funds to equip a hub library serving 4 local schools at Celebration High School in Mombasa.
Following our international essay competition in Uganda in 2019, in conjunction with international charity, Kids League Kenya, a twinning project has since been established in neighbouring Kenya where 3 local schools have been twinned with 3 Mombasa schools:
Repton Primary School
St Edwards Primary School Castle Donnington
Fleckney Primary School
Kongowea Primary School in Mombasa, Kenya
Kengeleni Primary School in Mombasa, Kenya
Pentrose School in Mombasa
In 2021, facilitated by Kids League Kenya, our twinning project benefitted from “Connecting Classrooms” funding from the British Council, which provided training on best practice for developing global twinning links.
In 2022, 4 of the schools joined a live link to celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY!
Repton Literary Festival is now a Member of Global Education Derby. GED is a charity dedicated to 'working together with young people, communities and educators to bring about personal, local and global change for a fairer, more sustainable world.'
In addition to our twinning project and with the help of Derby South Rotary we are also raising funds to equip a library hub serving 4 local village schools and to set up adult literacy classes at Celebration High School in Mombasa.
Find out more about how our fundraising is helping the schools in by clicking on this video
And how you can donate by clicking HERE
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