Pupils in King’s Lynn send shoes to their sole-mates in Nepal

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Primary school pupils proved they had heart as they sent 100 pairs of shoes to less fortunate children in Nepal.

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xxx_Howard Junior School pupils send shoes to Nepal_Picture.submitted - Credit: Archant

Howard Junior School, in King's Lynn, is twinned with Himalaya (Mahachhap) Primary School in Nepal.

The idea behind schools twinning is for students to forge friendships with children in other countries and learn about their culture, as well as allow teachers to exchange ideas on good practice in education.

Greg Hill, headteacher at Howard Junior School, said his pupils saw the children at the Nepalese school, which sits in the Palpa district of the country, only had flipflops to wear to walk long distances to the school, through areas heavily damaged by recent earthquakes.

He added they received all the measurements from the school and went shopping for the new footwear.


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Earlier this year, the pupils raised more than £150 by painting a giant shoe and covering it in spare change to help buy the footwear.

With the money, they bought 50 pairs of plimsolls, chosen because they are light and sturdy, for their twinning friends.

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A spokesman for Manisha UK, which supports Himalaya Primary, said: 'The children, some of whom walk for more than an hour to get to school, now have footwear more durable, warmer and drier than the commonly used flip-flops to wear in the current monsoon season.'

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