Adventurous Burnt Mill students have bonded during a mountain climb.

THEghana Year 11 group from Burnt Mill Academy, in First Avenue, Harlow, are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime when they head to Accra, Ghana, later this month.

In an effort to build their team and prepare for the active trip, they visited Wales where they climbed Mount Snowdon.

Andrew Scott, Ghana expedition school co-ordinator, said: “The team-building exercise to climb Mount Snowdon was part of our fundraising plan. More importantly, it was designed as a group bonding exercise to build group cohesion, promote fitness and endurance, as well as encourage perseverance.”

The 11-day trip to Ghana will see the students enjoy adventure weekends in the Cape Coast and Volta Region, take a short hike through Kakum national rainforest, visit Cape Coast Castle which famously held thousands of African slaves, visit a monkey sanctuary, climb Mount Afadjato, dine at a restaurant built over a crocodile lake and take part in a community project.

Mr Scott said: “At Christ The King Primary, a lack of Government funding has resulted in poor classroom conditions with broken floors and flimsy walls. Our children have volunteered to work in the classrooms as well as help to concrete classroom floors where many of the young children take their naps.”

Dennis Dogbe, country co-ordinator in Ghana, said: “Everyone is so happy to welcome Burnt Mill students and staff to our community. The children cannot wait!”

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