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School bus makes its way from East Dulwich to east Africa

ON THE MOVE: The school bus on arrival in Uganda

A MINIBUS donated by James Allen's Girls' School in East Dulwich, south London, has arrived at its new home - the Excel Primary school in Uganda, which is run by local charity Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD).

Excel is the only free school in Bwaise, which is located in the capital city Kampala.

After a graffiti make-over by a local artist, the bus toured the sights of London before being shipped from Tilbury to Mombasa in Kenya from where it completed its road trip yesterday.

Head of James Allen's Girls' School, Sally-Anne Huang said:

“Our former minibus will now help some of the poorest children get access to education and that makes me incredibly proud of the students and staff who have made it happen.

“By supporting AFFCAD we are helping them give the children of Bwaise the best chance to get on in life. But our relationship with them does not end here and we will continue to support them through our many charitable activities this year.”

PLAY DATE: Children from London's James Allen's Girls' School with pupils from Excel Primary in Kampala

This is one of several partnerships between the East Dulwich school and the charity, which began when biology teacher Liz Parker co-founded AFFCAD UK, the British arm of the organisation. This year James Allen's Girls' senior and middle schools have raised almost £5,000 for AFFCAD, which will go towards building a new school with more facilities and outdoor space.

During the Easter holidays a group of pupils spent two weeks in Uganda volunteering for AFFCAD, including teaching classes to the Excel schoolchildren, running a sports day and renovating the toilets in a new youth centre.

Head of James Allen's Prep School Finola Stack said:

“I am lucky to have seen first-hand the impact AFFCAD has already had in Bwaise. When I taught classes at the Excel School the children were so happy and welcoming and very proud of their school. They know how important education is and just get on with what they’ve got.

“The founders of AFFCAD and the children they help are an inspiration and I am really looking forward to continuing our work with them.”

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