Filby pupils go global

Pupils at a Norfolk primary school have been going on a whistle-stop tour of the globe - without even leaving their village.

The youngsters at Filby Primary School near Acle have been introduced to cultures as far afield as Bali in Indonesia and Colombia in South America by natives from those countries now living in Norfolk.

The initiative, World Voices, is being taken to schools across the county by the education charity Norfolk Education and Action for Development (Nead).

Sara Adamo, 28, who moved to Yarmouth from Lisbon, in Portugal 10 years ago, introduced pupils to everything from Portuguese food to Benfica football club memorabilia as well as teaching them songs from her childhood.

'It's certainly a fun way to learn and the children have been really interested,' said Sara, who works at Yarmouth's Time and Tide museum.

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Over three days the school was visited by Lestari James, originally from Bali, who introduced the youngsters to Balinese dancing, Rajab Mohammed who talked about growing up on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, and by Julia Dyson from Colombia.

Headteacher Debbie Flowerdew said: 'It is important the children get an opportunity to see what the big wide world is all about through these first-hand experiences.'

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Pupil Jack Parker, 11, said: 'You learn more from people who have actually lived in the places, seeing all their objects, photographs and everything.'

Nead organiser Sandy Betlem said: 'The aim is to give a global dimension to education.

'Kids live in a multi-cultural world and need the skills and experience to become citizens of the world.'

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