Chamber's 'secrets' revealed to Zambian teachers

Two teachers from Zambia learned all about the inner workings of local government from Worcestershire County Council Chairman Ian Hopwood while on an exchange visit to Pershore High School.
From left – Conrade Malama, Worcestershire County Council Chairman Cllr Ian Hopwood, Sarah Mangala
Published Monday, 20th July 2015

Two teachers from Zambia learned all about the inner workings of local government from Worcestershire County Council Chairman Ian Hopwood while on an exchange visit to Pershore High School.

Councillor Hopwood hosted the teachers, Conrade Malama and Sarah Mangala, at County Hall on July 8 when he gave them a talk about how local authorities operate in Britain and also took them to the council chamber to give them a behind-the-scenes look at how meetings are conducted.

They were also given a short talk about education in the county by the council's Head of Learning and Achievement, John Edwards.

The teachers had been at Pershore High School for around three weeks along with seven students from Lubuto High School in Ndola, Northern Zambia, as part of an exchange between the schools which has been running for 12 years. Students from Pershore were in Zambia over Easter.

Councillor Hopwood said: "It was a pleasure to host the teachers and it was an opportunity for them to learn about the democratic process here and for me to show them how decision-making is made at a local level. They took a great interest and hopefully they found it very informative."

Head teacher at Pershore High School, Clive Corbett, said: "Our visitors have been put up in students' homes and have been making cultural visits as well as carrying out community projects. The trip to County Hall has allowed the teachers to have a greater understanding of a different political system and we are very grateful for the warm welcome we have received."