Unity High School (Sudan)
- Unity High School (Sudan)
Infobox High School
name=Unity High School
principal=Dr. Marina Hitchen
website= [http://www.unityhighschool.org/ unityhighschool.org] |
Unity High School, founded in 1902, is an independent school in Khartoum, Sudan, which uses the English language and provides a British-style education to children of various backgrounds. In 2005, it had an enrollment of some 750 pupils which currently range from 4 to 18 years of age.
The School was founded in 1902 as an all-girls' school. In the preceding years, the Coptic community in Khartoum had established a boys’ school but lacked the resources to found a girls’ school at that time. Some Coptic families then approached the Anglican missionary Llwellyn Gwynne (who later became Bishop of Khartoum) for help and the school was opened in 1902.
In 1905 the school moved to its present site. In 1928 the school was renamed Unity High School, which reflected both the interdenominational origin and support the school received, as well as the school's policy of welcoming girls from both Muslim and Christian families.
Unity High School became co-educational in 1985.
Teddy bear blasphemy case
On November 25, 2007 the school came to international attention when one of its teachers, Gillian Gibbons from Liverpool, England, was arrested by Sudanese authorities for allegedly insulting Islam by allowing the children in her class to name a teddy bear "Muhammad".
[cite news |title='Muhammad' teddy teacher arrested |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7112929.stm |publisher=BBC|date=2007-11-26 |accessdate=2007-11-28] ] [cite news|author=Rob Crilly in Khartoum and Lucy Bannerman |title=Sudan police throw teacher in jail for teddy bear named Muhammad|url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article2951262.ece|publisher=The Times|date=2007-11-27 |accessdate=2007-11-28] ]
* [http://www.unityhighschool.org Unity High School's official web-site]
** [http://www.unityhighschool.org/history.htm History and origins]
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