Year 10 students get the chance to travel to Morocco and Eswatini with new UK Turing Scheme
The Scheme is the UK’s global programme for studying, working and living abroad – offering incredible opportunities for personal and professional development for students. It replaced the Erasmus Scheme, which previously offered similar opportunities, following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
In order to gain a place on the trip, The Hyndburn Academy’s Year 10 cohort were invited for interviews with their Headteacher, Miss Palmer, to set out why they felt they would benefit from the experience. The students expressed a desire to broaden their horizons and spend time with people they would normally never meet. Students also believed that participating in a trip would increase their confidence and give them opportunities to see a foreign country in ways tourists might not experience.
The interview process saw 20 successful applicants shortlisted from the academy – with ten selected for this month’s trip to Morocco, and another ten chosen who will travel to Southern Africa’s Eswatini in July. Both of the trips are being fully-funded by the UK government through the Turing Scheme.
Students who visited Morocco were delighted by the opportunity to travel to a new country and immerse themselves in local history, architecture and culture. During their trip, the students got the chance to take part in Arabic lessons, authentic Moroccan cooking classes, inspirational talks on women’s rights with local activists, as well as cultural exchanges with a middle school in the Old Town Medina in Morocco’s capital city, Rabat.
Lilly Stephens, Year 10 student at The Hyndburn Academy, said:
“The Turing Scheme has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have tried so many different things that I wouldn’t have even thought about trying in England, such as eating local foods like snails!
“It has also opened my eyes to the disadvantages some people face around the world, including in Morocco. The Turing Scheme and the people working within it have made me a better person all round and I’m so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity with The Hyndburn Academy which I will reflect on for the rest of my life.”
Miss N Palmer, Headteacher at The Hyndburn Academy, said:
“Through the UK Turing Scheme, it was fantastic to be able to give some of our Year 10 students the chance to travel abroad and experience a different country and community. I know both from the initial interviews with students and their feedback so far how much this has meant to them in terms of bringing their learning to life and broadening their perspectives – from language and cooking lessons to cultural exchanges with a partner school. This is exactly what we mean by providing an Education with Character at our school: combining academic excellence with those wider skills for life such as confidence and independence that will enable them to be successful in whatever they set their minds to in the future.”