A HEADTEACHER has spoken of a “special partnership” after an African Bishop enjoyed a four-day break in Hartlepool.
Staff at Manor College of Technology sponsored St John’s College, in Kilimatinde in Tanzania, around 15 years ago.
The school has remained in close contact with the people there ever since, and Bishop John Lupaa wanted to pay a visit to the Hartlepool school who was sponsoring the education of youngsters in the African village.
The Bishop spent two days in the school with the youngsters and held his own assembly, before taking in the sights of the town.
He also swapped the temperatures of Africa for the freezing conditions of Victoria Park as he enjoyed the Hartlepool and Notts County match on Tuesday night.
Alan White, headteacher at Manor College of Technology, in Owton Manor Lane, said it was an excellent few days.
He said: “Bishop Lupaa is an amazing man. It is a special partnership we have with the college in Tanzania, and it was fantastic to welcome the Bishop to Manor College.
“The pupils absolutely loved him.
“He had time for everyone, and was telling the students about pupils in Africa having to walk 20 miles on a morning before they even start school.”
Pupils at Manor College are now hoping they will be able to go out to Africa themselves for a once in a lifetime trip.
Mr White added: “It would be a fantastic opportunity for the students if they can go to Tanzania.
“Some of them are already talking about such a trip. They are saying they would teach football and show the youngsters how to use computers.”