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Covid-19:<br />

We’re all in this together<br />

A plea from<br />

Stevenage children<br />

<strong>for</strong> UK to support <strong>Nepal</strong><br />

in their time of need

We, as a group of primary schools in Stevenage (and the surrounding area), have over<br />

the past couple of years <strong>for</strong>med a close bond with partner schools in <strong>Nepal</strong>, through<br />

our participation in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.<br />

Recently, we learnt from one of our <strong>Nepal</strong>i<br />

friends, that the Covid-19 situation had taken a<br />

turn <strong>for</strong> the worse in his country. In the UK, we<br />

are <strong>for</strong>tunate to have access to vaccines and good<br />

medical facilities, which means we hopefully have<br />

come through the worst of the pandemic, but we<br />

worry <strong>for</strong> our friends in <strong>Nepal</strong>.<br />

We there<strong>for</strong>e asked over 1000 of our pupils to<br />

write to our local MP, highlighting the plight of<br />

<strong>Nepal</strong> in the hope that our concerns would be<br />

raised with decision makers within the UK<br />

government. Given the strong bond between our<br />

two countries, we hope that much needed medical<br />

supplies can be diverted, in some small capacity,<br />

to help the nation of <strong>Nepal</strong> in their time of need.<br />

The Guardian newspaper, 10 th May 2021

The following schools were involved in the initiative:<br />

• All Saints Church of England Primary<br />

• Almond Hill Junior<br />

• Featherstone Wood Primary<br />

• Graveley Primary<br />

• Knebworth Primary & Nursery<br />

• Peartree Spring Primary<br />

• St. Margaret Clitherow RC Primary<br />

• St Vincent de Paul RC Primary<br />

• The Leys Primary & Nursery<br />

• Woolenwick Infants & Nursery<br />

• Letchmore Infants & Nursery<br />

• Martins Wood Primary

In April 2020, at the start of the first<br />

national lockdown in the UK, the Stevenage<br />

teachers involved in the project sent a<br />

message of hope to their friends in <strong>Nepal</strong>.<br />

Although com<strong>for</strong>ting, it is felt that kind<br />

words are now not enough, given the<br />

worsening Covid-19 situation in South Asia.<br />

We hope that our children’s letters can<br />

persuade the UK government to transport<br />

much needed medical supplies to support the<br />

overwhelmed <strong>Nepal</strong>i health care system.<br />

We have linked this into the United Nations<br />

Sustainable Development Goals (see opposite).<br />

The overarching goal is to provide our pupils<br />

with the knowledge, skills and values that<br />

will enable them to play an active role in<br />

their community, whilst working with others<br />

to make our world more fair and sustainable.<br />

Click on screen to watch short message

Martins Wood<br />

Primary School

Jacob<br />

Year 5

Israela<br />

Year 4

The Leys<br />

Primary School

Ife<br />

Year 6

Lily<br />

Year 1

William<br />

Year 6

Lily<br />

Year 6

Year 1 children

To help our friends in <strong>Nepal</strong>, every child<br />

in Letchmore Infants’ & Nursery School<br />

painted a <strong>Nepal</strong>ese prayer flag, to let<br />

them know that we are thinking of them.

St Vincent de Paul<br />

Catholic Primary School

Fin & Daniel<br />

Year 5

Daisy<br />

Year 6

Lexie<br />

Year 6

<strong>Nepal</strong>i prayers flags with messages of support<br />

Martins Wood Primary

Charley & Lily-Rose<br />

Year 6

Year 5

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