Members of the SMP team were thrilled to join Beath High School for their very first Malawi lunch on 30th May 2019.
The event was organised by students and teachers in the school's Malawi partnership group, and the purpose of the event was to share a little Malawian culture and food with the wider school community. This included local councillors, parents and teachers, all with the goal of promoting the schools links to primary schools in the southern region of Malawi.
The group were one of the winners of the Scotland Malawi Partnership's (SMP) Youth Event Competition and had the financial and organisational support from the SMP. This support was made possible through funding from the National Lottery Year of Young People fund.
The lunch was held in the school library with a group of students and staff cooking a number of Malawi-inspired dishes, such as curries, nsima and Kilombero rice.
This was followed by an energetic musical performance from Brave Mnyayi, a Malawian musician based in Scotland, with attendees on their feet dancing!
Brave also took part in a collaborative improvised performance with two pipers from the school, merging Malawian drumming with traditional Scottish folk songs.
The group at Beath High School is hoping to hold more Malawi lunches to support their longstanding links with Malawi with a focus on sustainability. They hope to encourage more members of the school's community to be involved in their friendship with Njale and Mapanga primary schools in the southern region of Malawi.