Year 7 students at Lydiard Park Academy spent a Global Enrichment Day in early July discovering what it is like to live in other countries.
Youngsters had to pull water in a bucket to the first floor then carry it to the other end of the school where it was used for washing up to demonstrate the difficulty of accessing water in poorer countries.
There were workshops to make shadow puppets, martial arts, African singing, a Turkish cookery class, Kabadi sports from Pakistan and dancing from Nicaragua.
In Maths students used real world data to compare incomes and the cost of living between the industrialised world and less well off countries.
Pictured: Robert Buckland MP and Year 7s dressed in traditional Nicaraguan dance costume with members of Nicaraguan twinning group Swindon Ocotal Link Dorothy Brown and Mary Creffield.
They also discussed what the United Nations convention on the rights of the child means around the world, the impact of unfair trade practice and child exploitation in producing clothing for High Street chains.
The academy, which has a long history of links with South Africa and more recently The Gambia, has been involved over the years with campaigns to provide education to every child on the planet.
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland, who has been lobbied by students in the past, said he continues to be impressed by the academy’s commitment to global understanding.
“It is essential that we are all aware of human rights and trade issues. The young people will be moving onto higher education and work in just a few years and Lydiard Park Academy is equipping them to understand the issues that affect us all in an inter-connected world.”