Four teachers from Pakistan arrived in Halifax earlier this month as they paid a special visit to the town and a local primary school.
The teachers, from the Hattian Bala area of the South Asian country, were visiting for two weeks, working closely with the staff at Parkinson Lane School on all aspects of school life.
Organised by the school and the Read Foundation the teachers also embarked on residential visits with the pupils, looking at the different methods of teaching which could then be replicated ‘back home’.
During the visit, the local school organised a fundraising dinner event, in which the four visiting teachers were special guests amongst a host of celebrities from the world of politics, sport and entertainment.
Staff at the school contributed to the fundraising efforts by preparing food and waiting on guests who were treated to a community play performance by pupils from Years One, Five and Six.
The night was a huge success, raising more than £2,000 in total, of which £1,000 was donated to the Hattian Bala School and the other half to the White Ribbon Campaign.
Another highlight of the visiting teachers stay was meeting the Mayor of Halifax, Councillor Ann Martin and her consort, Mohammad Naeem.
Gugsy Ahmed, Head Teacher at Parkinson Lane, was delighted to welcome his fellow educators to the school. He 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.”
Mayor of Halifax, Anne Martin added: “It was wonderful to meet the visiting teachers from Hattian Bala and officially welcome them to Halifax and Parkinson lane.
“Gugsy and his school are fantastic role models for our town and looking at the Itinerary I’m sure the guests will have a very enjoyable time during their stay.”
Parkinson Lane are already planning for their reciprocal visit to Hattian Bala this summer, of which Gugsy Ahmed, will be leading a delegation of 10 teachers.
The Read Foundation is a charitable organisation with 330 schools mainly in Kashmir. They have over 70,000 pupils and 3,500 staff.
The charity began working with Parkinson Lane Community Primary School after the school raised £3,500 following the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan with the money used to build the Hattian Bala School.
Parkinson Lane School has also been sponsoring the education of 28 pupils at this school whilst staff have paid visits to a number of Read setups.