We are delighted to announce that George Watson’s College has won an award at the inaugural Scotland Malawi Partnership School Partnership Awards.
The awards, together with the David Livingstone Birthplace Project and supported by the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, aim to celebrate the variety of school partnerships held between Scotland and Malawi.
We have been recognised for our work with St Andrew’s Secondary School in Blantyre, Malawi Children's Village (MCV) and Bolera Palms Primary School in Mangochi, Malawi. The partnership with MCV has included pupils meeting and working together to discuss English texts from different cultural perspectives, as well as issues pertinent to them like climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Our pupils have worked with primary children at Bolera Palms School on paired reading, listening to pupils read aloud and supporting the teachers in the classroom. We have also helped to provide a reading scheme for the primary school and copies of Romeo and Juliet for Malawi Children’s Village. Below are some comments from our pupils who have visited Malawi through the partnership.
“Individually we can learn and understand a new culture and lifestyle. We can also gain a better understanding of the issues they are facing and how we can use our resources to help.”
“I think we can learn to work together with the Malawians rather than just offering our help to them but to work as a unit and take more back from them as they have lots to teach us. For example how they are much better at spending more time together as families and communities whereas people in the U.K are much more isolated and independent.”
“The main take away for me from Malawi was just that we are so lucky in our lives in the UK and we really need to just make sure we take time to appreciate that. I also think, many Malawians are so aware of climate change and conscious of it, but I think we are so much more responsible for the effects of climate change. As a school and as individuals it is important that we do all we can to help climate change, as it is countries like Malawi that feel the greatest effect of climate change, not the western world.”