Over 130 people attended a fundraising barbecue in Tullynessle to raise money for solar panels for Gosheni School in Malawi.
The event, which was held on Saturday at Dubston Farm, raised over £1000. The barbecue had pony rides, treasure hunts, games and music.
There are close links between the schools with teachers from Tullynessle visiting the country twice in the last four years, and both the Head Teacher and another teacher coming to Scotland to visit Tullynessle School.
The teachers and pupils in both schools are learning together about issues such as poverty, education, health and climate through joint curricular projects. The children mail work to each other and both schools learn about these issues from each other’s perspectives.
Jane Craik, Head Teacher at Tullynessle said: “It is hugely beneficial in preparing our pupils to be the next generation of global citizens.”
The Solar Connect project run by Link Community Development, installs solar panels to enable schools to have a source of power.
Mr Amon, Head Teacher of Gosheni in the African country said: “This will make a tremendous difference to our school and community. We will be able to use the school as a place for the community to meet. Our learners will be able to have lighting and we can hold evening classes. This is especially important for the pupils in Standard eight who are preparing for leaving exams to get into secondary school. We will also be able to have quicker communication with Tullynessle through the use of a computer. Our staff will be able to learn to use the computer too.”
The target amount for the project is £4,100 and after the barbeque a total of £1,700 has been gathered. More donations are sought and can be given by contacting Tullynessle School on 019755 62365.