We’re all in this together
A plea from
for UK to support Nepal
in their time of need
We, as a group of primary schools in Stevenage (and the surrounding area), have over
the past couple of years formed a close bond with partner schools in Nepal, through
our participation in the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.
Recently, we learnt from one of our Nepali
friends, that the Covid-19 situation had taken a
turn for the worse in his country. In the UK, we
are fortunate to have access to vaccines and good
medical facilities, which means we hopefully have
come through the worst of the pandemic, but we
worry for our friends in Nepal.
We therefore asked over 1000 of our pupils to
write to our local MP, highlighting the plight of
Nepal in the hope that our concerns would be
raised with decision makers within the UK
government. Given the strong bond between our
two countries, we hope that much needed medical
supplies can be diverted, in some small capacity,
to help the nation of Nepal in their time of need.
The Guardian newspaper, 10 th May 2021
The following schools were involved in the initiative:
• All Saints Church of England Primary
• Almond Hill Junior
• Featherstone Wood Primary
• Graveley Primary
• Knebworth Primary & Nursery
• Peartree Spring Primary
• St. Margaret Clitherow RC Primary
• St Vincent de Paul RC Primary
• The Leys Primary & Nursery
• Woolenwick Infants & Nursery
• Letchmore Infants & Nursery
• Martins Wood Primary
In April 2020, at the start of the first
national lockdown in the UK, the Stevenage
teachers involved in the project sent a
message of hope to their friends in Nepal.
Although comforting, it is felt that kind
words are now not enough, given the
worsening Covid-19 situation in South Asia.
We hope that our children’s letters can
persuade the UK government to transport
much needed medical supplies to support the
overwhelmed Nepali health care system.
We have linked this into the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals (see opposite).
The overarching goal is to provide our pupils
with the knowledge, skills and values that
will enable them to play an active role in
their community, whilst working with others
to make our world more fair and sustainable.
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Year 1 children
To help our friends in Nepal, every child
in Letchmore Infants’ & Nursery School
painted a Nepalese prayer flag, to let
them know that we are thinking of them.
St Vincent de Paul
Catholic Primary School
Fin & Daniel
Nepali prayers flags with messages of support
Martins Wood Primary
Charley & Lily-Rose
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