Students’ flying visit to Uganda youth conference

Students from Kineton High School visit Uganda for a life-changing half-term trip
Students from Kineton High School visit Uganda for a life-changing half-term trip

A trio of Kineton High School sixth formers has returned from a half-term visit to Uganda which included challenging discussions on international issues and a visit to a chimpanzee orphanage.

The three – Isobelle Dick, Luke Clay and Phillip Tompkins – were the first students from Warwickshire to be invited to take part in the Jinja International Youth Meeting, an annual event set up in 2007.

They stayed at the purpose-built Discovery Centre and took part in debates on conflict and reconciliation, sustainable development, the internet and its impact on society, restorative justice and global citizenship.

They were part of a 21-strong group from the UK and Uganda.

The conference lasted three days with time either side for preparation, day trips with Ugandan delegates and visits to local primary schools where they were involved in dancing and football and helped out with chores.

The final day was spent visiting a chimpanzee orphanage and an inspirational women’s co-operative whose jewellery business was helping to fund the local school.

Isobelle said that going to Uganda has been a life-changing experience.

She added: “I have made friends for life and have memories I will never forget. The trip really opened my eyes to the diversity of the world. I met some amazing people who in comparison to us have nothing but who are so content and happy.

“I was excited about experiencing a different culture and the reality did not disappoint. We all felt so welcome and were ready to try anything from the food to the dancing. It made me want to return to Africa to volunteer with the school or the community.”

Kineton is hoping to offer a similar opportunity to sixth formers next year.