Greater gender equality and wider education of pupils regarding environmental and cultural issues.
I am one of the facilitators of a long running school partnership involving teachers and pupils from Linthipe Secondary School(Dedza) and The Community School of Auchterarder(Perth and Kinross). During the last 12 years we have had many reciprocal teacher exchanges. For 10 years now all S2 pupils in Auchterarder prepare and present learning on aspects of Malawian culture, environment and society at the annual Malawian Summit hosted at Gleneagles. Students in Linthipe correspond with partners in Auchterarder and have developed environmental and enterprise projects on the back of financial support from our school. In June 2018 fifteen pupils from each school stayed together for a week in Malawi, sharing many aspects of life and culture and cycling to school on Buffalo bikes that were gifted to staff and pupils in Linthipe. The bikes gifted have made school more accessible. Over the 12 year partnership pupils from both schools have learnt a lot about the similarities of being a teenager in our shared world and the cultural differences of two countries separated by thousands of miles. The pupils in Linthipe were so motivated by the partnership they embarked on a educational diversification project to learn how mushrooms grow, and then set about building a mushroom shed to grow them. They have also taken a trip to the eco centre at Chembe to learn about recycling and have also embarked on a maize growing project where through a lot of hard work and teamwork they successfully grew and sold maize to help fund school fees for some school pupils. Following on from the success of this year, in 2020 there will be a new maize growing enterprise project and a shared week together with pupils from Auchterarder. We will also be progressing ideas to build a Primary classroom and in the secondary School to make use of bio-gas and solar energy as an educational and practical facility. With great excitement we look forward to many more years of shared partnership.