Cary-Mufulira Community Partnership
Who we are
At the core of CMCPT is the exchange of pupils and teachers between communities in Somerset, UK and the town of Mufulira at the heart of the Copperbelt in Zambia.
Mufulira is a town that owes its existence to the discovery of copper by the British in 1923 and the subsequent mining and smelting which has continued ever since.
The relationship between UK visitors and citizens of Mufulira in recent years has led to many practical outcomes.
Amos - 13 years - From the 'Climate Crew' at Mine Primary School
On the surface, the exchange of cultures and making of long-lasting friendships has permeated every layer of both communities and has been the catalyst for practical advancements in Mufulira.
An example of this is the promise given in 2012 by the mine-owners to reduce excessive levels of sulphur emissions to World Health Organisation (WHO) standards, by an investment of $145mln in sulphur capture equipment. This is due to be completed by January 1st 2014.
Over the last 4 years the CMCPT has benefited from its relationship and continuing support from The Minor Metals Trade Association, based in London.
Ansford Academy/Mufulira High School
This founding exchange has been running for 20 years and has successfully linked over 100 students. The school's last exchange focused on the mine and its impact on the local community and wider world. These trips show our young people what it is like to live next to a copper mine as well as gain an insight into how resources, taken for granted in our consumer society, are produced.
The Zambian students on their visit to the UK, live within our community; share daily life, attend classes at their partner schools and compare and contrast ways in which each community works - for example, quarrying and recycling - two activities which are analagous in each community.
In March 2014 the next exchange groups were selected. The groups are now beginning the huge task of fundraising to make the exchange visits in 2015 a reality. All students at both schools will be involved in joint school projects with the students travelling acting as ambassadors for their schools.
Sexey's School/MCM Mufulira Trust School
The first student exchange between the two schools took place in July 2013 with ten students and two teachers travelling from Mufulira to Sexey's in Bruton. The theme of the visit was 'Land, Livelihood and Leisure' and students also visited a local primary school where they told traditional stories and demonstrated traditional Zambian cookery.
Ten students from Sexey's will travel to Mufulira in July 2014. The students are currently making preparations for their visits to primary schools and a presentation on local environmental issues. They are also looking forward to meeting up with friends and experiencing life in a culture different to their own.
Primary School Partnerships
A number of strong partnerships exist between primary schools in Mufulira and Somerset. The primary school pupils share and collaborate on joint projects, write letters to each other and have been able to Skype and send videos about their lives.
The projects aim to develop an understanding and appreciation of the pupil's own communities, recognise their place and relationship with the wider world and consider ideas and issues beyond their own daily lives.
Community Partnerships and Links
In 1978 the Diocese of Bath and Wells linked with the Zambian Anglican Church and this has resulted in several local churches having links with churches in Mufulira. Hospitals, Rotary Clubs, Guides, Brownies, Town Councils and other community groups have all been involved in valuable linking activities between the two communities.
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