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In Africa, students glimpse poverty, pride and happiness

There probably couldn’t be two more diametrically opposed environments than St Stephen’s School in Perth, and Jehovah Jireh Haven in Alexandria, South Africa. St Stephen's School, a co-educational Christian school of the Uniting Church, is all clipped lawns, neat navy and red uniforms, and state-of-the-art facilities. Jehovah Jireh Haven, an orphanage, is rudimentary. Instead of lush lawns, there are dusty dirt floors, and kids wear whatever hand-me-downs they receive. Yet these two worlds collided for groups of students. Guided by English teacher Dale Kelly, for the second time ever, St Stephen’s School year 10 students met their South African counterparts.

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