South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie welcomed the Lebanese Evangelical School students to South Ayrshire
A group of Lebanese Evangelical School students from Tyre in Lebanon got a very warm welcome when South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie met them at Ayr Town Hall.
The group of ten students, aged from 15 to 17 years of age, are following in the footsteps of pupils from their school who visited South Ayrshire in 2014. The visit last year was such a success that another visit was arranged.
The school in Lebanon was established in 1860 by Mrs Elizabeth Bowen Thompson, the wife of Glasgow University graduate, Dr James Bowen Thompson, a doctor with the Syrian Medical Aid Association in 1844 and the visit was part of a tour exploring the school's Scottish links and history.
During their time in Scotland the pupils get a flavour of school life when they attend Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr for a week. The education system in Lebanon is very different to the Scottish one and most schools in Lebanon are privately run.
Local families welcome the visiting pupils into their homes, so that they can experience Scottish family life as well as attend a local school.
Welcoming the Lebanese students and staff, Provost Moonie said: "It is always good to learn about other cultures and the way people are educated in other countries. The students are experiencing our wonderful South Ayrshire schools and through their presentations and interaction with others they are teaching us about their education, culture and how they live. We take great pride in our schools and education system, and it's great to share experiences with students from other countries."
Provost Moonie presented the students with stationery as a momento of their visit to South Ayrshire.