A group of 16-year-old pupils from Pontypridd High School are preparing to travel out to Uganda to help build a hostel. Pupils are learning construction skills thanks to a former caretaker-turned-teacher, whose 'construction club' proved very popular. Many of them may not have continued with their education were it not for these practical courses.
Former site manager Steve Jones became trained as a teacher and is Head of Construction at the school. Back in February, 25 students and staff from Pontypridd High School, Hawthorn High School and Bryncelynog Comprehensive visited Bubuto, a remote part of Uganda, and laid the foundations in preparation for another visit from Pontypridd High School's construction department.
They are travelling back to Africa in July to use their skills to build a girls' hostel for the children of Bubuto. The students there normally walk four hours every day to and from school. The charity PONT says this hostel will change their lives, as it will allow the students to stay near the school, improve their education and maintain health and safety.