The Bambisanani Partnership is a unique collaboration developed by St. Mary’s Catholic High School, Menston in the UK, and Mnyakanya School in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
Bambisanani is the Zulu word for “working hand in hand” and aptly encapsulates the partnership between the two schools.
With the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Bambisanani Partnership has used sport as a major catalyst to develop international understanding, education, health and leadership.
The initiative, which began in 2006, has gained both national and international acclaim.
This book , a case study, charters the first five years of an incredible journey of two remarkable schools.
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"A wonderfully illustrative book. It is good to see the great work that you have been doing over the past 5 years in your school."
Paddy Ashdown, UNICEF UK President
"It really is special. It is a fantastic story of what has been achieved over the years. I am sure that we will be dipping into it for years to come for anecdotes and stories."
Lorraine Thomas, Corporate Sustainability HSBC
"It was inspiring to see how the original link brokered under the project has gone from strength to strength to become embedded across both communities and make a real difference to the lives of young people in the UK and South Africa. Alongside the quotes from the young people involved in the project, what particularly impressed me was the continual emphasis on mutuality. Achieving an equitable and sustainable school partnership where both schools learn and benefit takes real commitment and effort. Both schools should be congratulated on what they have achieved over the last 5 years."
James Schone, British Council
This book was invited to be part of the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe 2012. The event filled the Ilkley Playhouse to capacity.
St. Mary's Menston in Leeds, England, is a Catholic school for young people of secondary school age, which serves the parishes of SS Peter & Paul Yeadon, St. Joseph’s Pudsey, English Martyrs Addingham, Our Lady & All Saints Otley, SS John Fisher & Thomas More Burley-in-Wharfedale, St. Mary‘s Horsforth and Sacred Heart of Jesus Ilkley. We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary during the academic year 2014–15. Headteacher: Mr D Beardsley