YOUNGSTERS at a South Tyneside school are getting a flavour of two foreign countries.
East Boldon Infant School, in Front Street, East Boldon, has teamed up with Esme Kindergarten, a school in Bangladesh, as cross-continent partners.
To give the children, aged between four and seven, an understanding of their Eastern counterparts, the school launched a project about Bangladesh and neighbouring India.
As part of the project – in which all 179 pupils are taking part – the school has organised a programme of activities, including Bollywood dance workshops and taking the youngsters to try Indian food.
All this week they are having their lunch at the Eastern Touch restaurant in Station Approach.
Delighted headteacher Vivien Gasston said the children were enjoying the project.
She said: “The whole school is having a wonderful time learning about the rich and varied cultures of India and Bangladesh.
“We thought it was important to educate the pupils about the way people live there, and have organised a project to take in everything, including food, dress and music.
“We’re grateful to the Eastern Touch for allowing us to go along there this week. The staff there were great and the food was brilliant.
“Not all of the pupils had eaten Indian food before so it was a new experience for them – but they loved everything about it.”
The school is also to hold a fundraising event to help buy supplies for Esme Kindergarten.
Mrs Gasston added: “The pupils are finding it exciting learning about the countries and we have exchanged photographs of our schools.
“The school in Bangladesh does not have all of the luxuries we have in this country and the children realised that straight away.
“With that in mind, we’re going to learn about Fair Trade and ways we can help people who are worse off than ourselves.”