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Teacher leaves African home for first time to visit Grantham school

A headteacher from a remote part of West Africa has visited a Grantham school to see what life is like in schools in the UK.

Samuel Quee visited from Sierra Leone where he is headteacher of a primary school in the east of the country which was ravaged by civil war 20 years ago. Mr Quee visited St Anne’s Primary School on two days last week.

St Anne’s headteacher Jonathan Austin said: “As a school we have recently been looking to create links with a school abroad, and an opportunity arose for us to be connected to a school in Sierra Leone.Mr Quee said that this visit was the first time he had left Sierra Leone.

Samuel Quee, a headteacher from Sierra Leone, meets children at St Anne's Primary School. (21994739)
Samuel Quee, a headteacher from Sierra Leone, meets children at St Anne's Primary School. (21994739)

“Mr Quee looked at the different teaching methods we deploy, along with the equipment and strategies the pupils use in lessons to support their learning.Both pupils and staff were extremely interested in Mr Quee’s visit and asked him lots of questions about what his school was like.

“As a school we are now looking to develop and strengthenlinks with Mr Quee’s school in Sierra Leone and support his school community wherever we

Joanne Smithers and her husband Ken, who run a company from Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, first made contact with Mr Quee when they were working in Sierra Leone. They run a company called Newton Energi which works in poor countries helping to convert waste into water and energy.

Joanne said Mr Quee came from a place where the school was the only building left standing after the war.

Through a funding programme run by Joanne’s company called The Tree Top Foundation, children now get two meals a day and materials to help their education.

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