Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

Massive enrolment at St Botolph's School in Songo, Angola- 855 pupils in 2014

Great news from our school in Angola.

On 11th July, John Tasker, ALMA Twinning Officer visited Songo. John made
the arduous journey from Luanda in the company of the Revd Maria Domingos
(ALMA Link Officer for the Diocese of Angola) and the Revd Jacinto
Henriques (Parish Priest of Uige, Songo).

John found the School in good order- and discovered the astonishing
statistic that this year there are 855 pupils being taught by 31 teachers
(8 of whom are women teachers).

The School was built in 2012 by St Botolph's along with our sister church
in the US- St Barnabas, Greenwich, Connecticut. Such massive enrolment
figures clearly justify the extent of our initial investment- the School
was built with 5 classrooms but now, such is the number of kids wishing to
be educated, classes are also having to be conducted under the trees.

The Rector of St Botolph's thanked John for making the trip and reporting
back on such a success story. We will continue to seek appropriate ways to
encourage and support this important work.

The photos below show some scenes in class.