Pupils serve a taste of Africa as part of a culture project

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YOUNG restaurateurs brought a taste of the exotic to Ashington after transforming their classroom into an African-themed café.

Pupils at Wansbeck First School ran Café Jambo for two evenings, created the menus and treated their families to a range of African dishes, including sweetcorn fritters, peri-peri chicken and mango and banana smoothie.

The youngsters were given a helping hand by ten members of staff and Sarah McAllister, chef and food educator with the Sunderland-based Food Education Company.

Housing group Bernicia sponsored the project, which was the brainchild of Debbie Osgun, Key Stage 1 phase leader at the first school.

Debbie said: “The theme of Africa is a major topic of learning for our children, and as teachers we place a great deal of importance on developing a creative curriculum with powerful learning experiences for our pupils.

“We wanted pupils to be able to showcase their learning about the continent of Africa and the light bulb moment came when we decided on an African cultural café to be managed by our pupils for VIP family guests.”

Gemma Robson, team leader for community investment at Bernicia, said: “Wansbeck First School’s Café Jambo project was the perfect vehicle for local children to learn experimentally, developing valuable enterprise skills whilst also learning alongside their family members.”