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Students drop a line to penpals

PUBLISHED: 16:49 13 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 11 August 2010

CARING students from Eastbury School are putting pen to paper to befriend some of the world s most unfortunate people. Over the last three weeks five students have become pen-pals with orphaned South African students suffering from AIDS. Zeinab Maalow, Mu

CARING students from Eastbury School are putting pen to paper to befriend some of the world's most unfortunate people.

Over the last three weeks five students have become pen-pals with orphaned South African students suffering from AIDS.

Zeinab Maalow, Mubarakat Akinshipo, Jennifer Tata, Hamza Abubaker and Rashaun Cope, all 14, are year nine textile pupils.

Every Monday morning at 10am they sit down to write letters and email them thousands of miles away.

They began writing to the African fashion students after Eastbury School was visited by South African delegates for Arts and Culture.

Delegates visited the borough in May to learn about the fashion industry and visit some of school's talented youngsters.

Zeinab Maalow said: "I am taking part in the pen pal project to discover new things.

"It will help us to learn things about others' lives like emotions, personal experiences and cultures."

Head of Textiles, Bobbie Kumari said: "The Pen Pal project involves some of our students corresponding with students studying design in South Africa.

"This new link with the South African Education Fashion Industry provides our students with fabulous opportunities and great exposure to what is going on in fashion and with young people around the world.

Miss Kumari organised the programme with not-for-profit company Fashion Enter that has its flagship store based in Barking.


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