Pakistani teachers travelled to Halifax in a first of a kind educational exchange for Parkinson Lane Primary School.
Four teachers from Hattian Bala spent two weeks with staff and students to learn about Parkinson Lane school life.
The visit was organised by Parkinson Lane Primary School and the Read Foundation who first worked together after the school raised £35,000 to build a new school after the visiting teachers original school was destroyed in the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Some Parkinson Lane attended the opening of Hattian Bala.
The foreign teachers will also accompany staff and pupils on a residential trip with the idea of gaining insight to take back and apply in their school.
The Pakistani guests were also shown the sights of London.
Whilst on visit the teachers met with Mayor of Calderdale coun Ann Martin (Lab, Brighouse) and her consort Mohammad Naeem.
Coun Ann Martin said: “It was wonderful to meet the visiting teachers from Hattian Balla and officially welcome them to Halifax and Parkinson lane. Gugsy and his school are fantastic role models for our town.”
The teachers were special guests at a fundraising dinner at the school where Parkinson Lane staff prepared and served food for guests who were entertained by school play performances from year one, five and six pupils.
The event raised over £2,000 with half of the proceeds going to the Hattian Bala school and the other half was donated to the White Ribbon campaign.
Gugsy Ahmed, head teacher at Parkinson Lane said: “We are delighted that we are able to host the teachers and continue to support and develop the school in Hattian Bala. I am also very pleased that my staff gave up their evening to support two great and worthy causes. Being able to raise funds over £2,000 at the charity dinner is fantastic. This would not have been possible without the tremendous support from our guests and partners.”
A group of ten staff including head teacher Gugsy Ahmed will travel to Pakistan in summer as part of a reciprocal visit to Hattian Bala school where Parkinson Lane has sponsored the education of 28 of its pupils.