Pupils learn a lesson in water

Pupils at Wooler First School learn how water is collected in India.

Pupils at Wooler First School learn how water is collected in India.

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PUPILS at a north Northumberland school got a taste of how water is collected in poorer parts of the world as part of their link with a school in India.

At Wooler First School, children were helped by their teachers to imagine water collection in developing countries where women and girls must carry all the water needed every day, often for a mile or more.

For the past 11 years, parents, children and staff have been supporting a school for tribal children in a remote rural district of India.

School events, together with the Lenten giving programme of Wooler churches and a grant from the Rothley Trust, raised £3,400 to help Panchsheel School last year.

The 500 pupils, who live in the school with their teachers, are becoming the first literate generation in local villages.

Funds from Wooler have built a classroom block and a dairy farm in the past and this year will enable solar power for cooking and lighting to be installed.