Lord McConnel speaks at local school event
On Thursday 12th January, a special evening event took place in Blair Drummond Community Hall as part of Kincardine in Menteith and Thornhill Primary Schools Global Citizenship education programme. Hosted by the Thornhill Primary School Parent Council and Head Teacher Fiona Anderson, guests enjoyed an informal evening discussing Malawi and listening to guest speaker, Lord Jack McConnell.
The friendship between Scotland and Malawi goes back 150 years, and was re-energised in 2005 when a Cooperation Agreement was signed. Over the following six years, schools across Scotland have been involved in a range of projects linking to Malawi. Some schools, including Kincardine in Menteith Primary School have received grants and support from the British Council to visit their partner school and develop projects together, with the aim of developing young people's commitment to a fairer, more sustainable world.
Lord McConnell, commented; "The awareness raising and education opportunities that go with the Global Citizenship education programme are incredibly valuable and worthwhile. All the staff and pupils involved in the project are gaining great experience interacting with the children in Malawi and are also making new friends across the globe."
Kincardine-in-Menteith Head teacher, Mrs Fiona Anderson, co-host of the event comments, "Our partnership with schools in Malawi has made the world outside feel so much smaller. The links that we have with Malawi has opened the eyes and ears of our entire learning community to new cultures, ideas and experiences. We will continue to enhance our links with both Kapalamula and Nakoma Primary Schools in Malawi in order widen young people’s, and indeed our community, knowledge of the world around them and their role as Scottish citizens within in it.
Photo shows (from left to right): Lord McConnell, Fiona Anderson (head teacher of Kincardine-in-Menteith and Thornhill primary schools), Provost Fergus Wood and Colin Rowley (Member of the Thornhill Primary School Parent Council)