PUPILS are gaining first-hand experience of the wider world around them.
The British Council’s Connecting Classrooms project with Bangladesh is co-ordinated by Durham County Council.
It has enabled students from County Durham and Sunderland to take part in a life-changing visit to partner schools in Chittagong for the first time this year.
They were Thaslima Khatun and Chris Camm, from Thornhill School and Edward Robson and Chloe Dinsdale from Hermitage Academy, Chester-le-Street.
“I was surprised at how modern everything was,” said Edward.
“The airport was really clean and bright, people had cameras and mobile phones – not what I expected at all.”
The four students who travelled to Bangladesh in January made a shorter journey to County Hall last week to give a presentation to Durham County Council leaders.
Councillor Dennis Morgan, chairman of the authority, said: “It was extremely interesting to hear what the students had experienced and learnt during their exchange visit to Bangladesh.”