PGS has had a partnership with Kikaaya College School in Uganda for 11 years now and throughout that time, our Pupil Uganda Group (PUGs!) have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the partnership and funds for various projects too.

This summer, a group of pupils and staff travelled to the school and had an exciting, rewarding and enlightening experience as they met members of the Kikaaya community. Our partnership focuses on being ‘partners in learning’ and so PGS pupils had the privilege of joining in with Ugandan lessons and even helping to teach younger pupils in the school too. Part of the project work undertaken during the trip involved installing a new video-conferencing facility purchased for Kikaaya using funds raised with various charity events through the course of last year, including the wonderful ‘Sing for Uganda’ evening last summer. This facility has enabled a live link between our two schools and will now play a vital role in progressing the partnership as we embed curricular and cultural links in the years to come.

It was therefore an incredible privilege to connect with Kikaaya as they welcomed dignitaries and officials, including members of the Ugandan Government, the Director of the British Council in Uganda and a delegation of 50 Headteachers of schools in Uganda. They came together as part of the Connected Classrooms initiative to celebrate our excellent partnership and PGS pupils who travelled to Uganda this summer addressed the gathering to reflect on their life changing experience and to thank Kikaaya and the British Council for providing them with the opportunity to visit.

These are incredibly exciting times for our partnership and we look forward to strengthening it further in the years to come.