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I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve been having for the past week, visiting Irish school children as part of the Become A Friend project team. I have the absolute joy of being Irish co-ordinator for this incredible not-for-profit project, which connects primary schools in Ireland and the UK with traditional Masai schools, in a very remote area of Northern Kenya.

The kids share information on their lives, their schools, their interests, their environment and their culture. The most recent project the children participated in together was a lion drawing competition – this was a really fun way for the schools in Kenya, Ireland and the UK to connect and get creative together. 447 children submitted their work and the winning drawings inspired a set of ‘I’ve been brave’ stickers that are, at the moment, making their way to northern Kenya for the project healthcare team to hand out as a distraction to the very young Masai children being vaccinated for the first time.

The school I visited today (had such a giggle with the senior infants class) have the most gorgeous idea for their next project – through the eyes of a school teddy they are going to photograph their lives: teddy having breakfast, teddy in the car seat going to school, teddy in the shopping trolley, teddy doing his homework…. then joy of joys teddy goes on holiday, to school in Kenya, with his photo album and a disposable camera to continue his adventure in the hands of his new Masai friends. How incredible is that!. I can’t WAIT to see it. lucky teddy :) – wouldn’t this be a lovely idea for schools all over the world?
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