Bromley primary schools visit Syria conference

PUBLISHED: 14:49 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 February 2016

Staff and students from St James' at the Syria conference

Staff and students from St James' at the Syria conference


Pupils have teamed up with schools in Lebanon to offer support to people in Syria and neighbouring countries

Pupils from Bromley primary schools visited a conference last week to help support the people of war-torn Syria.

The UK hosted a ‘Supporting Syria and the Region’ summit where David Cameron and delegates from Kuwait, Germany, Norway and the UN gathered in London on Thursday, to speak of the need to support those suffering as part of the on-going conflict.

Joining them were pupils from a cluster of local schools, namely: Newstead Wood, St Olave’s, Langley Park, Farringtons, St James’, Darrick Wood, Tubbenden and St Paul’s Cray to speak of their experience of being paired with schools in Lebanon.

The partnerships were formed in 2010 to promote better understanding of the changing global world, and the schools have participated in a number of activities, such as simultanously planting trees to symbolically bring together students with very different life experiences.

They have communicated with refugees via letters and Skype, and built up friendships over time.

At the conference, pupils showed off art work and emotive writing about their wish for peace in the region and beyond.

Olivia Wright, 10, from St James’ said: “I have made friends with children my age on the other side of the world that I would have never got to know.

“I really liked Skyping them and talking to them face to face.”

Haleh Ryall, a St James’ teacher who attended the conference alongside the pupils, and has coordinated the links with Lebanon, said: “Our schools in the region have worked tirelessly to educate and train global ambassadors who not only understand our changing world but also understand the differences in beliefs and ways of lives of others.

“Our children will grow to be ambassadors of peace; our link with countries in the MENA region continued despite difficult conflicts and unrest in the region.”

Baroness Nicholson was among the high profile delegates the students met at the conference, which in total raised over $10billion to support Syria and the region.

She told the cluster: “It was a very great joy to meet your exceptional students and to hear their readings.

“Thank you for giving me a most thoughtful and happy time.”

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