The village of Repton hosts Repton School with its international reputation for educational excellence and our longer-term objective is to provide a festival of national and international significance. A festival that will grow to attract a global audience to South Derbyshire.
We are developing our online skills to communicate our offer and from early days have sought to establish credibility for our international mission by supporting educational initiatives between organisations in Africa and our local community. The introduction of a film festival competition attracted international entries and we are also building on this success.
Our International project team is actively supporting educational projects in Africa that directly involve local schools and organisations in our community. It supports the Kids League Kenya charity. This wonderful charity helps to build a world where young people have the opportunity to improve their lives through access to education, sport and recreation. It provides secondary and tertiary level educational scholarships for children from a disadvantaged areas of Mombasa in Kenya. Scholarships that provide young people with the life skills that equip them with the ability to help realise a happier, safer, more secure and prosperous world.
Following our international essay competition in Uganda in 2019, in conjunction with international charity, Kids League Kenya, a twinning project has since been established in neighbouring Kenya where 3 local schools have been twinned with 3 South Derbyshire schools:
Repton Primary School
St Edwards Primary School Castle Donnington
Fleckney Primary School
Kongowea Primary School in Mombasa, Kenya
Kengeleni Primary School in Mombasa, Kenya
Pentrose School in Mombasa
Students in all the schools have been corresponding, studying parallel subjects and taking part in an online live link exchanging their ideas and loving every minute of it!
A specific online training session in 'Rubbish Science' for teachers was delivered by science teacher Neil Atkins to bring together two international partners as part of the innovative Repton Festival, Kids League Kenya and British Council Global Classrooms. With workshops designed to inform teachers and community leaders on how to encourage and nurture young scientists from all backgrounds, using 'rubbish' for equipment, finding solutions for everyday eco-challenges on equal terms was discovered by all.
The Repfest International team with the help of Derby South Rotary has also raised funds to equip a hub library serving 4 local schools at Celebration High School in Mombasa.
In 2021, facilitated by Kids League Kenya, our twinning project benefitted from “Connecting Classrooms” funding from the British Council, which provided training on best practice for developing global twinning links.
In 2022, 4 of the schools joined a live link to celebrate WORLD BOOK DAY!
Repton Literary Festival is now a Member of Global Education Derby. GED is a charity dedicated to 'working together with young people, communities and educators to bring about personal, local and global change for a fairer, more sustainable world.'
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