A challenge thought up by Bambisanani founder David Geldart during ‘lockdown’ to keep young people engaged with sport has taken off post-pandemic and continues to go from strength to strength!
The 2nd Bambisanani International Athletics Challenge between Catholic schools across the Bishop Wheeler Catholic Multi-Academy Trust and partner schools in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa results have now been released – see the story below!
The Bambisanani Partnership is a multi-award-winning UK based charity founded by David Geldart in 2006 as a partnership between St Mary’s Catholic Academy in Menston and Mnyakanya High School in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The partnership, which is run entirely by volunteers, uses the power of sport as a catalyst to promote education, health, global citizenship and leadership and has gained international acclaim for its work.
‘Bambisanani’ is a Zulu word meaning ‘working hand in hand’ which aptly encapsulates the philosophy of the partnership which seeks to provide collaborative learning opportunities for young people in both countries. Over the past sixteen years more than 10,000 young people from the UK and South Africa (from primary school to university) have participated in a variety of Bambisanani Partnership programmes and projects.
The partnership now involves many more schools and universities in both the UK and South Africa and both the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity University are key members. In South Africa, Bambisanani operates in the Nkandla region which one of most remote and deprived parts of the country.
For more information visit bambisananipartnership.org