Airbus introduces pen pal scheme for Broughton pupils


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

LETTER writing may seem like a thing of the past for many people in this technological world, but not for a group of schoolchildren.

Airbus has given pupils at Broughton Primary School the opportunity to learn about Russia and forge friendships with Russian children. 

Airbus employee, Addeel Asghar, visited Broughton Primary School and met Year 6 pupils to talk about Airbus and hand over letters  written by children from Verkhnyaya Salda in Russia.

Addeel, supply chain operations manager, said: “Airbus is a global company and this seemed the perfect opportunity to bring letters back from Russian children so each school could learn about lives. 

“The idea started when I visited a local school in Verkhnyaya Salda, the region which I travel to on a regular basis as part of my work. 

“The teachers there were interested in starting a pen-pal letter exchange with a UK school. We approached Broughton Primary School and they were keen to do it.”

Addeel added: “Creating links like this with schools gives us the opportunity to show children the possibilities on their doorstep. I joined Airbus as a graduate and have never looked back.”

Verkhnyaya Salda is a town in Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Salda River. 

It is north of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth largest city, on the outskirts of Siberia.  Addeel travels to this region to visit the company VSMPO-Avisma, a key supplier of titanium for Airbus.

Lyubov Alexandrovna Shelestovskaya is the English teacher at the school. 

She said: “We learn a lot about British culture and we do everything with great pleasure because we enjoy English a lot. Now we would like to make real British friends. Perhaps in the future we could use the internet, Skype and other technologies to keep in touch.”

A school spokesman said: “The children will be able to get a better understanding of what Russian life is like.

“It is a great way to get them participating in learning and more aware of global citizenship.  It will also help them practice their writing skills."

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