The Watson's Malawi Partnership is Launched

Published on 4 July 2017 Categories: Senior School,  Extra-Curricular

Image of Hannah, one of the speakers at the launch eventOn 28 June the Watson’s Malawi Partnership was launched. The Watson's Malawi Partnership aims to build on all the previous work that committed and enthusiastic members of the Watson's community have carried out both here and in Malawi.

It aims to facilitate work between our pupils, staff, parents, former parents and other friends of the School and members of the wider community to build sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations and individuals in Malawi.

At the event pupils going on to Malawi in October, dressed in African attire, helped with the evening's proceedings serving canapés.

The Principal, Mr Melvyn Roffe, introduced the Partnership, before passing to Sir Andrew Cubie, the Partnership’s patron and former chair of George Watson’s College Governing Council, who spoke about his connections with Malawi. His wife, Professor Heather Cubie, then took over. She has been to Malawi 11 times! Her observation was that both Scotland and Malawi can benefit from increased awareness of HPV in different ways, and commented upon the cultural similarities in women’s health in both countries.

Then Hannah Farquhar (S5) spoke about her time in Malawi in 2016 on the trip arranged by the School and how her experiences benefitted her. Hannah Moffat (S5) spoke of her ancestral connections to Malawi – she is related to the famous Scottish explorer, David Livingston! Hannah’s trip has encouraged her to pursue a career in midwifery after seeing a number of maternity clinics.

The Chair of the Partnership’s Steering Group, Stephen Connelly, and music from Davy Luhanga concluded the evening.

Felix Richardson (S5)

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