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Africa Turns Green News


October 2013


Mrs. Peters Trip To Uganda (abridged version) - Full version and photos can be viewed on


Cookham children visit Belgian Embassy


Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a leading wildlife vet, visits Cookham Rise Primary School.

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a leading wildlife vet, visited Cookham Rise for lunch and toured their African Garden before leading an assembly onConservation Through Public Health. The assembly then took the form of a question and answer session which will be published in a magazine that the children are putting together in aid of Africa Turns Green. The whole school was captivated by her work with mountain gorillas and many left the assembly wanting to become vets. Dr. Gladys was very interested in the African Garden and has seen many of them in action in Uganda. The Garden is also how Julie and Lisa, teaching assistants at the school, became Ambassadors for Africa Turns Green as the founder, Séverine Dieudonné, had read about it in the Maidenhead Advertiser. Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Peters will be attending a special event for Dr. Gladys at The Belgian Embassy on Tuesday 22nd October 2013 organised by the founder of Africa Turns Green, Severine Dieudonne. They are escorting children from Cookham Rise and Furze Platt. Dr. Edwards (Cookham Rise school governor) Jack Armstrong, Reno Roberts and Beth Peters will attend as special guests.


Cookham Rise would like to thank Dr. Peter Holding from Sir William Borlase Grammar School in Marlow for allowing one of his students, Reno Roberts, shown here on the left, to give a talk to the Year 6's about her adventures in Uganda earlier on in the year. It really inspired the children, as she is only 16, showing that we can all do something for others whatever our age.


Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka will be visiting Cookham Rise on 15th October 2013 to talk to us about her work with gorillas and Conservation Through Public Health. Dr. Gladys is a leading wildlife vet supported by our charity Africa Turns Green. Herries Preparatory School in Cookham Dean is hosting an event on the evening of the 15th. Details can be found here.




We have a turtle mascot, from Africa, called George Imani. Here he is meeting Queen Victoria. Our turtle, Murtle, met George when she was away with Séverine. Please follow our facebook page.. and follow George in his adventures around our area.


Séverine Dieudonné, founder of Africa Turns Greenpaid us a visit on Friday 24th May 2013 for our end of term assembly - Africa Turns Green (A Child's Eye View) After the performance Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Armstrong were asked to be Ambassadors for ATG which they accepted. Our mascot, Murtle The Turtle, has joined Séverine on her recent visit to Africa.

Séverine last visited us on 4th March 2013 and spoke at length to our Year 6's. We presented her with a cheque from our recent mufti day and we took part in a quiz. Africa Turns Green supports entrepreneurs such as Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka and her work with Gorillas.



On Wednesday 14th November 2012 after reading about our African Garden in the Maidenhead Advertiser. Séverine, a journalist and presenter at the BBC World Service, along with her colleague, Sarah Parfitt, were very impressed with our children's knowledge. Here is what Séverine had to say:


"Visiting Cookham Rise School was a great experience. It was my first ever talk to children about Africa Turns Green so I will definitely remember it for a long time.

I was really amazed by the level of knowledge from the children. They were so concerned about environ-mental issues and the problem of global warming.

They were very welcoming and asked very thought-provoking questions.

The Uganda film showed children how in Uganda some amazing people are taking care of the gorillas and protect-ing the local population from getting diseases.

I had an interesting visit to the African garden and I was really moved by the

enthusiasm of the eco warriors. For example, Joseph explained to me how he took care of the compost. Grace wanted to show me the frogs and told me that it was nice to have them in the school.

The eco-warriors are very knowledge-able and feel really responsible for green issues. I also really liked the idea of planting trees in Cookham Rise School’s garden and it reminded me of a school I visited in 2011 in Senegal where children were also planting trees in front of their classrooms. They wanted to eat fruit from the trees and also protect themselves from the sun during their lunch break.

Whether we are in West Africa or in Cookham, we are all doing something to protect our planet.

I really hope that I will have the chance to come back and visit the Africa Garden in the summer. I would love to meet the pupils again and hear their latest stories about the African Garden."

Mrs. Armstrong and Mrs. Peters enjoyed the company of His Excellency Johan Verbeke along with Severine, Sarah and others, at the Belgian Embassy in London on Wednesday 5th December 2012 for the Launch of Africa Turns Green.