City pupils get lesson in Rwandan living

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PUPILS from four Edinburgh secondaries have been given a unique insight into the life and history of Rwanda as part of a placement in the civil war-hit country.

Twelve youngsters aged 16 and 17 spent a week in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and a week at an orphanage in the country’s Lake Kivu area.

Group leaders said the pupils – from Forrester, St Augustine’s, Craigmount and Royal High secondaries – helped with a range of daily tasks during last month’s trip.

These included feeding and cleaning children, fetching water and agricultural work.

They were also able to take part in school classes, and enjoyed activities such as volleyball and dance.

Supervisors said the experience had helped pupils learn about themselves.

Martin Hutchison, senior community learning and development worker, said: “It’s an amazing place.

“As well as what they discovered in Rwanda, I think the pupils who went there learned a lot – about what we have here and what we take for granted.”