Students heading to Africa

Ben Fawkes and Luke Johnson, goin on a volunteer trip to Tanzania.
Ben Fawkes and Luke Johnson, goin on a volunteer trip to Tanzania.

Two trainee teachers from Halifax are embarking on an African adventure to develop their skills.

Ben Fawkes, 21, from Norton Tower, and Luke Johnson, 20, from Sowerby Bridge, are heading on a volunteering trip to Iringa, Tanzania to teach schoolchildren aged between seven and 11.

The pair are both in their third year of teaching courses, Ben at Bradford College and Luke at Leeds Trinity.

Ben said: “It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime and something neither of us will experience again.

“We’ll be there for four weeks. It’s a rural town of a similar size to Halifax.

“We will be teaching the children various areas of the curriculum and also be volunteering outside of school hours with various activities including football.

“Both of us are members of the Halifax Boys’ Brigade and we have both been sponsored by our companies. Luke’s company is the 4th Carlton and my company is the 12th New Hope.

“We have also received sponsorship from the Halifax Battalion as a whole.

“I have also received some sponsorship from FC Halifax Town for the trip.

“The whole trip will cost about £2,000 and we’ll be staying in a guest house with other volunteers.”

Tanzania is situated in East Africa and has a population of 47m people. and Ben is hoping to help improve the lives of the children living there during his stay.

He added: “It’s a chance to put all the knowledge you gather, in university and through placements in primary school, into practice.

“Hopefully we can give children that are less fortunate than the children here a decent education and help them enjoy their childhood.”