CBS Wexford students jet off for a trip of a lifetime to Zambia
SIXTEEN CBS students and four teachers are hard at work in Africa, helping to build a school for a rural community in Zambia.
The party, which left Wexford last week, will be based in the town of Kabwe (formerly Broken Hill) which was once at the heart of the Zambian copper belt, but is now impoverished after the copper mines closed.
During the trip, the boys from Wexford, will help build the school for the community in Kangombe and will also work with abandoned and orphaned children in the Sables Nua Hostel run by Zamda
An immersion project is designed to allow students from Irish schools visit schools were religious orders, once active in in teaching, are now working in disadvantaged communities.
iN 2007, the Christian Brothers order divested itself from education in Ireland to concentrate on working with marginalised people, following the vision of its found Blessed Edmund Rice. tEACHER jOE Ryan, one of those with the party in Zambia, said that since 2005, CBS Wexford had participated every two years in the project run by the order, allowing 4th and 5th year students to work in that country alongside Zamda and the Ireland Zambian development charity.
The Wexford school party has largely self-funded the trip, with donations from throughout the community. One of the supporters of the Wexford CBS Zambia project is Wexford Bus which provided free transport to and from Dublin Airport for the students and their teachers. 'We are delighted to be able to support this wonderful project and would like to send our best wishes to the students and staff who are giving up their time to go to Zambia,' said Wexford Bus commercial director Lorene Crowley.