Mrs Molumby will be travelling to South Africa in the summer to spend two weeks helping to improve education for children in South Africa.

This is the second time she will make the trip after she went to South Africa with Mrs McCarthy, headteacher at Saint John Houghton CVA, last year with Mellon Educate.

Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Molumby worked in Usasazo High School, supporting teachers and finding out more about the country’s education system.

Mrs Molumby said the experience would stay with her forever.

She said: “The whole trip is very hard to describe, it’s difficult to put into words.

“The teaching day was long, from 8am until 3pm but teachers are on their feet the whole time with only a 20-minute break and there are about 50 children in one class. The benches in the classrooms are so uncomfortable and there’s nothing on the walls, none of the children’s work. We gave them posters and pencils and they were so grateful.

“We tried to help by giving the teachers new strategies because when we were there the children would spend their lessons copying from a chalkboard. There were 1,400 children in the whole school and 38 staff.

“What struck me though was how the children wanted to do well, they were just so lovely and keen to learn. They took such pride in their appearance, their shirts were pristine and their shoes were so shiny. They have very little but they are so proud of what they do have. They know that if they can get to university they will do well but there are so many barriers.”

If you would like to support Mrs Molumby’s trip this year, please click https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiona-molumby2