Pupils’ concern for needy peers

James Ibor and Rick Jones  from Safe Child Africa with some of the Year One pupils at Lancaster Lane  Primaru School
James Ibor and Rick Jones from Safe Child Africa with some of the Year One pupils at Lancaster Lane Primaru School
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As the temperatures dropped outside, youngsters at a village primary school gave a warm welcome, to a special overseas visitor.

Lancaster Lane Primary, in Clayton-le-Woods, played host to Nigerian Child Protection Lawyer James Ibor.

He travelled from the Niger Delta region of West Africa, to give the children an insight into daily life for the many disadvantaged children in Nigeria, that he works so tirelessly to help.

James helps children who have experienced all forms of abuse and neglect including Africa’s so-called ‘Witch Children’.

The visit was the result of a year long partnership, instigated by Lancaster Lane Parent Governor Rick Jones.

Rick is also the director of the Lancashire-based charity, Safe Child Africa, which funds the vital work of James Ibor and his team.

He said: “It’s very difficult to imagine or understand why children – some as young as three years old – end up on the streets in West Africa, so we are very grateful that James shared some of his vast insight and experience with us.

“It was a rare opportunity for pupils to see for themselves, what difference a local, Lancashire-based charity is making in West Africa.”

Headteacher Mrs Joanne Geldard was delighted her pupils had the chance to hear, first hand, the difference one person can make to the lives of others.

She said the school, near Leyland, prides itself for being a school which always goes the extra mile to help others and this ethos was reflected in its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading for the behaviour and safety of pupils.

More information about the charity is available at www.safechildafrica.org or by calling 0161 637 0650.