Watson’s were delighted to play host to the fourth Scotland Malawi Partnership Youth Congress today.
We welcomed over 350 pupils from Secondary schools across Scotland – Beath High School, Lockerbie Academy, Gleniffer High School, St Margaret's Academy, Tynecastle High School, Bannerman High School, North Berwick High School, Currie High School, Knightswood Secondary School, Boroughmuir High School, Dalbeattie High School, St Maurice's High School, and Port Glasgow High School – for a day full of activities, which promised a great deal of thought, learning and enjoyment.
Melvyn Roffe, Principal of George Watson’s College, welcomed the delegates and said of Watson’s involvement in the day: “We were delighted to welcome the Scotland Malawi Partnership Youth Congress to Watson's. Watson's has enjoyed a close relationship with Malawi for many years and the Congress enables our pupils and other from all over Scotland to learn more about Malawi, its culture and people. It is important for young people to have high quality opportunities like this to boost their understanding of the issues facing the world they will inherit."
David Hope-Jones OBE, Principal Officer, Scotland Malawi Partnership explained the congress celebrates the dignified partnerships, which exist between Scotland and Malawi, started 157 years ago by David Livingstone. The emphasis is on partnership – not purely charity.
Ross Greer MSP, the youngest ever MSP, took part in the first ever Youth Congress and highlighted how the partnerships enriched the lives of those they touched in both Scotland and Malawi.
The delegates could look at a series of stalls set up by NGOs, the Scotland Malawi Partnership, some of the participating schools, and charities; and attend debates and workshops.
The closing speaker was Claire Martin, Vice Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership.