Pupils hope to pick up award for Malawi work


ST Roch’s Sec­ondary School in Glas­gow has been nom­i­nated for Scot­land Malawi Part­ner­ship’s first ever School Part­ner­ship Awards.

This ac­co­lade is to be awarded to schools who demon­strate ex­em­plary prac­tice in sup­port­ing devel­op­ment in Malawi as well as mak­ing peo­ple more aware of global ed­u­ca­tion in Scot­land and the chal­lenges peo­ple face in the devel­op­ing world.

St Roch’s Sec­ondary’s part­ner­ship with Malawi has grown over the years and in that time the stu­dents and staff have been com­mit­ted to rais­ing funds to school and feed 398 peo­ple in a pri­mary school in the East African coun­try.

De­pute head­teacher Tommy Don­nelly said: “It’s the first ever Scot­land Malawi Part­ner­ship Awards and for us it would re­ally be an af­fir­ma­tion of the work that we’re do­ing within the school and how that’s help­ing to pro­mote a lot of our school val­ues such as tol­er­ance and the un­der­stand­ing of other peo­ple.

“The part­ner­ship has very much helped pull to­gether var­i­ous as­pects of our school com­mu­nity.

“Our school motto is ‘Alios Adi­uva’ which means ‘help oth­ers’. For us it’s very much brought a real fo­cus to the work we do as a col­lec­tive.”

Last week, 18 mem­bers of staff within the school from all levels, in­clud­ing sup­port staff, teach­ers, de­putes and head teacher, par­tic­i­pated in a five-day por­ridge chal­lenge, which meant they only ate por­ridge and drank wa­ter to raise money for Malawi in con­junc­tion with Mary’s Meals.

St Roch’s Sec­ondary also have a Malawi 2020 group, and 10 older stu­dents are go­ing out to Malawi in June, along with three mem­bers of staff, to deepen young peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of life there.

In­no­va­tor and en­tre­pre­neur Wil­liam Kamk­wamba – who is the in­spi­ra­tion for Net­flix film The Boy Who Har­nessed The Wind – will be hand­ing out the awards dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony.

St Roch’s Sec­ondary opens its doors to young peo­ple from all walks of life, in­clud­ing those with learning and hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, and Don­nelly ex­plained that meet­ing Kamk­wamba will have an im­pact on their young peo­ple.

He said: “Ob­vi­ously this would be some­thing that would be spe­cial for us.

“He’s been de­scribed as an ‘in­spir­ing story’, so he’s quite a big deal.

“It will be spe­cial just for some of the young peo­ple get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to meet him.

“It’s some­one who over­came ad­ver­sity and who man­aged to over­come re­ally chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances to pro­duce some­thing in­spi­ra­tional for the peo­ple around him.”

The cer­e­mony is taking place at 1pm to­day at the City Cham­bers in Ed­in­burgh.

Pic­ture: St Roch’s Sec­ondary School

St Roch’s Sec­ondary School pupils have helped raise funds for Malawi.

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