Sustainable Development Global Goals

South African Teachers visits Multyfarnham!

Mrs Dawn Karels and Ms Bulewa Nela of Wallacedene High School, Cape Town, visited their partner school  in  Co.  Westmeath  in  February.  The  two  teachers  who  were visiting Ireland  for  the  first  time were  representing  Wallacedene  High  School  who  have  been  partnered  with  Wilson’s  Hospital Secondary School, Multyfarnham for the past 3 years.  During  the  visit  of  the  Wallacedene  teachers  the  annual  cross  boarder  trip  for  the  TY’s  at  Wilsons took  place  which  the  Wallacedene  teachers  also  attended  in  Derry.


The  purpose  of  the trip  is  to highlight conflict resolution and peace processes which the South African teachers could relate first hand  to  which  made  for  interesting  discussions  between  the  students,  teachers  and  community leaders who they were engaging with including the Mayor of Derry Elisha McCallion.  Aside from the Derry trip, the teachers engaged in school life at Wilson’s Hospital under the guise of the lead programme teacher at the school Mr. Michael Finnegan. The teachers partook in classroom and  extra-curricular  activities,  embraced  the  cultural  differences  and  similarities  between  their school lives and set out a programme plan for the continuation of their partnership between the two schools  for  a  further  two  years.  The  visit  was  funded  by  Worldwise  Global  Schools  who  have supported the partnership between the two schools since its inception.

Seeds of New Hope

Nicola Byrne of the Mail on Sunday visited the Amawele programmes in Ireland and in South Africa as part of the Simon Cumbers Fund Programme. Read Nicola’s piece on her visit to St. Columbas National School, Dublin and to their partner school Vuyani Primary School Gugulethu Cape Town below.

Amawele launches Garden in Africa with Amawele 2016

Amawele has launched its annual overseas volunteer week for 2016. A team of Amawele volunteers will visit South Africa in October 2016 to assist school communities with the building of sustainable food gardens in the schools where the organisation works in the townships in Cape Town.  To sign up for this programme click here For further information contact 014241719 or email