On Friday 2nd June Foyle College Junior School students participated in Famine Friday! This event saw some students voluntarily giving up a meal or two during the weekend. The purpose of this event was to have empathy with young people in Africa who very often go without food on a daily basis. We were delighted to welcome Father Miningi from Tanzania to give a talk in assembly to the students. He informed them of the hardship faced by people their age in Tanzania.
Children very often have chores to do before school, like fetching water, so are often up at 5.30 am. Once they have finished their chores they may run to school, which starts at 7.30am. rarely would the family have enough food to give them breakfast at home. In school they are entitled to a meal at school twice a week (if the school can supply the meal). In times of famine, they may return home to a very small, or no dinner at all. Every second 3.6 children die in the world due to hunger and hunger kills more people every year than TB, Malaria and AIDS combined. The event was a total success and the students raised more than £500.
Mr Allen congratulates Sophie, Year 14, who has been awarded one of two places on the prestigious Protégés of Peace Scholarship to America.
The Scholarship's mission is to enable two students from Northern Ireland to spend a year living and learning in the highly diverse and opportunity-rich environment of the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA.
Founded in 1999, the Scholarship has sent high-achievers who show great promise, leadership, and interest in study abroad, across to Lawrenceville where they have gained unique experiences living and learning amongst other young people from across the US and the world.
Previous Scholarship recipient Jack Taylor, class of 2015, looks back his time in Lawrenceville with ‘the fondest of memories’…no doubt Sophie will have the same positive experience!