School boys visit UK

2016-10-11 06:00
A group of 25 learners from an independent school in Bridgetown are currently in the UK for a cultural exchange programme.

A group of 25 learners from an independent school in Bridgetown are currently in the UK for a cultural exchange programme.

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A group of 25 learners from City Mission Educational Services’ (CMES) independent school in Bridgetown embarked on a trip to the United Kingdom last Sunday.

The school offers an opportunity to learners to take part in at least one international tour per year. They are exposed to international schooling.

The boys are from Heideveld, Bridgetown, Silvertown, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu.

This year CMES’s Trinity Spurs with soccer skills are visiting and playing at three high-performance soccer academies, namely AFC Wimbledon, Kinetic Football Academy and Woodcote Sports College.

Nathan Ramedies, the founder and director of the school, Mohammed de Goede and senior teacher Heinrich Cookson are accompanying the boys.

“I just got feedback from the guys in the UK; because the guys have been travelling to Manchester, Liverpool and all of these places, some of them have been provisionally selected. They have been doing very well so far,” says Anthony Moses, councillor for ward 44.

He adds the opportunity is both important to the individuals and the community.

“The important thing is that we always speak about development for the youth, but there is a combination of education, life skills and leadership training. We work with that and we had good support from the parents when we sent them off. Some of these guys are also orphans.”

He says the group are ambassadors for Cape Town.

“They must make use of this opportunity in a much more effective way. We have been running this programme for the last 10 to 12 years. We send a team to the UK every year, but we also send teams to Norway, Sweden and many other parts of the world. The programme is a cultural exchange to see how the culture is in Europe and expose our boys to this.

“This time around it is only boys. There are also times when we send a mixed group over. We cannot send everybody, but at least then the few.”

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