Kirkby-in-Malhamdale Primary School’s partnership with a school in Sierra Leone is to continue.

It has just secured another Connecting Classrooms grant from the British Council, which will allow a further round of reciprocal visits this year.

The partnership – part of the Global School programme – was launched last year after headteacher Gary McHale visited St Francis Primary School in Bo.

He described the visit as inspirational and heartbreaking in equal measure and said the people were welcoming and friendly despite high levels of poverty and a lack of basic resources.

Francis Joe, headteacher at St Francis Primary School, along with 10 colleagues, made a return visit to Kirkby Malham in May.

Since then, Kirkby Malham pupils have been actively raising funds to help their friends in Africa to start building three new classrooms.

With the latest grant, the two schools will look at water conservation and sustainable food growth and the children will report to each other on what they find out.

“This is a valuable link between the schools which gives the children a vital and tangible way to understand about global citizenship,” said governor Nick Bradley.