Teachers from Sirius Academy visit Ethiopia to inspire pupils with games
TEACHERS from a city school have visited Ethiopia as part of the Olympic legacy.
Cosi Basile and Trevor Taylor, of Sirius Academy, were invited on the trip by the British Council as part of a sports programme.
They visited East Adama Secondary School in Adama, which has a staggering 4,195 pupils.
The school has to operate on a shift system so all pupils get an education.
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The visit was reciprocal after teachers from the Ethiopian school visited Hull.
Mr Taylor, who is vice-principal of the west Hull academy, said: "We went there to deliver new and inspirational games and physical activities."
Classes at the school had between 70 and 100 children in them, so the teachers had to take out games that could accommodate large numbers.
Mr Taylor said: "We taught them dodge ball, ultimate frisbee, touch rugby and rounders. Their eyes just lit up. They loved them."
Mr Basile, head of PE at Sirius, and Mr Taylor were shown the PE facilities at the school.
"They were very basic," said Mr Taylor. "We took them some games equipment and also some lesson plans to support the teaching staff.
"We were the first two white people they had ever seen or spoken to.
"It was a very humbling experience. We felt very privileged.
"They all had this common goal and bond to make Ethiopia better, which was genuinely humbling."
The school sent 30 pen-pal letters to pupils at Sirius and are a partner school for the three-year programme.
Mr Taylor said: "That was a spin-off from the programme, when they came here Hull City and Hull FC allowed them to visit the KC Stadium and gave them a full team's worth of shirts."
The teachers now plan to return next year so they can deliver sports leadership programmes to 24 of the school's teachers, who will then pass the skills down to others.