Community first responder helps teach first aid to students in Zambia

Date: 18 August 2017

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A community first responder has combined her passion for helping people and first aid with her teaching skills to help students at a school in Zambia.

Manningtree-based CFR and schoolteacher Geraldine Mclaughlin, had plans to travel to Zambia with her sixth form students from Kesgrave High School. Their aim was to build a large chicken coop to help create a sustainable income source for a remote school.

When her CFR colleagues heard of the planned expedition, they wanted to help the Zambian school too and realised they could by donating spare first aid supplies.

Armed with donated supplies, Geraldine worked alongside expedition leader Adam Evans and one of her students, a St John Cadet, to combine their skills and deliver a basic first aid session to the students while in Zambia last month.

Geraldine, who is also Head of Year 13 at the Suffolk school, said “Clearly, we knew there were going to be many challenges in delivering a first aid lesson in this environment, not least being the language barrier. However, we managed to teach the class through some English they could understand, by drawing on the blackboard, using mime and practical demonstrations.

“This was such a hugely rewarding experience for us all. We hope these students can take the knowledge they’ve gained from us to help them deal with accidents and illness in their beautiful but challenging environment. Let’s hope they can take these new skills and pass it on other students and to people in their village”.

  • Summary:

    A community first responder has combined her passion for helping people and first aid with her teaching skills to help students at a school in Zambia.