Issue date: 10 December 2012
See video of Project Zulu here
Project website www.projectzulu.org
Saturday 15 December, 09:00, Clevedon beach
Project Zulu, a group of 10 student teachers and two tutors from UWE Bristol will bravely take on the chilly waters of the Bristol Channel for a charity swim to raise funds to bring a South African primary school to Bristol next June.
Starting at Clevedon beach at 09:00 on Saturday 15 December, spectators cannot fail to spot the intrepid group who will be kitted out as safari animals in light of their summer trip to South Africa, where they spent five weeks teaching in schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal and exploring the country.
The trip was to kick-start, Project Zulu led by UWE Education lecturer, Ben Knight. In June 2013, supporters of Project Zulu hope to have funded a select group of dancers and choir members to tour the UK from Sithobelumthetho Primary School, Madadeni. During their time in the UK, the children along with their teachers will be performing in and around Bristol, working with some local schools doing workshops and inviting the residents of the areas to experience and be involved with some of their tradition and culture.
Project Zulu will also support Headteacher, Mr Gina, staff and pupils in their mission to raise funds to install solar panels into their school, providing a start to what may become not only a sustainable school, but the firm foundations for a sustainable community in the township of Madadeni in KwaZulu-Natal.
Last month, tutor Ben Knight raised more vital funds for the project by successfully paddling a surfboard 26 miles along the river from Bradford on Avon to the Bristol harbourside in one day. In this next challenge, local Clevedon resident Eleanor Wynne will also be joining the team in their dip which aims to raise £1000 for the project.
Following their experience in South Africa, the students are keen to show their dedication for the project. One student said, “It's been a real eye opener and I have gained a different perspective on education around the world. The dip is an exciting way to show support and get everyone involved in the project. We hope to see lots of new supporters there and as a warm up we may even sing a traditional Zulu song before taking the plunge.”
The tour will all lead up to the finale show held in Bristol's Colston Hall on Wednesday 5 June 2013. Check out www.projectzulu.org to see footage of the Zulu children in action and for updates on other venues on tour.