Through partnership working with schools and organisations in Malawi and Kenya, our school has developed an awareness of international issues and encourages our pupils to look outwards.
In support of this, we were delighted to welcome David Marriott, Principal of St. Andrew’s International School in Blantyre, Malawi on a visit to our school.
After attending a Junior School assembly and a tour of the Senior School, Mr Marriott sat in on a lesson with S1 pupils about the barriers to completing primary education that children in the Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) face.
The class discussed poverty, distance, disability, health, malnutrition, conflict and the learning environment as reasons why children in the DRC may not make it to school.
Pupils reflected on their own learning environment agreeing that our school was a modern, safe environment with the tools, technology and teachers that enabled them to learn.
Gender as a barrier to education
The lesson then focused on the specific barriers to finishing primary education that negatively affect girls in countries like the DRC such as: menstruation, early marriage and the imbalance of domestic chores.
These concepts were supported by watching powerful films made by girls in Ethiopia explaining these barriers.
A Global Focus
The lesson and Mr Marriott’s visit forms part of a two week, interdisciplinary study programme focusing on global issues, the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Throughout the two weeks activities will also form an opportunity to raise funds for our partners in Kenya and Malawi.