Teachers get ready for Bandawe
Teachers from Alloway and Doonfoot Primary schools are heading off to Malawi this summer to help improve education in the town of Bandawe.
The group of six teachers including Karen Butler Head Teacher at Alloway are giving up nearly three weeks of their holidays to accompany members of Alloway Parish Church on the humanitarian trip.
During the visit, the group will work with staff from Bandawe Primary School to improve their teaching skills which will help boost literacy and numeracy among local children. The team will also take over much needed resources like textbooks and IT equipment as well as motivational materials.
Alloway Primary School has strong links with Bandawe Primary and this is their latest venture to help their African partner school.
Fun fairs, sponsored walks, Ceilidhs, quizzes and even a baking challenge have all taken place to raise funds for the trip. Previous fundraising has already helped purchase malaria nets and solar powered lights.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and although primary education is free to all children, the quality of education has been affected by issues such as under-funding and a lack of staff and resources.
Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "Everybody from Alloway and Doonfoot primary schools and the wider community should be proud of their efforts to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
"There is much to admire in those taking part in the trip; they are going above and beyond to give those from the poorest backgrounds the chance to succeed and this is something we are embracing as a Council in South Ayrshire too.
"At a time when we are investing heavily in our schools, it's hard to imagine 160 children being taught by one teacher outside or in a temporary structure, but this is normal in Bandawe.
"I would like to wish the staff and everyone heading to Malawi a safe trip, you're an inspiration to us all."