Gairloch High School is hosting six visitors from their partner school in Malawi.
The group, led by Mr Winnex Chimtali, the headteacher of Mlozi School arrive in Gairloch on Thursday 20th August and their last day in the village will be Tuesday 1st September.
Mr Chimtali visited Gairloch in August 2010. This time, he is accompanied by his colleague, Mr Paul Banda, and by four of their pupils: Samson, Abdurashid, Ida and Ayisha. The boys are both 16; the girls are 13 and 12 respectively. They are pictured along with their teacher, Mr Banda, flanked by Gairloch pupils Sara Johnston and Max Conway.
This is the first visit by pupils from the school to Scotland, and is a follow-up to the first visit by 10 pupils from Gairloch to Mlozi School in October 2013. The visit to Gairloch is being funded partly by money raised at that time in the hope of a return visit, partly by money raised since then and partly by a British Council ‘Connecting Classrooms’ grant secured by Mr Hulme.
Gairloch headteacher John Port said: “This visit could not have taken place without the hard work and commitment of Dr Caley and other staff. Dr Caley kept on top of the paperwork while Ms Velt has worked with pupils organising fund raising. We are very grateful to all in the community who have supported our fund-raising events over the years to make these visits possible.
“Over the summer holiday, visits to Malawi by teachers Andrew and Fiona Johnston, depute headteacher Mr Nevis Hulme and former head girl, Bethan Townsend have helped to prepare the youngsters for their arrival in Scotland.
“Whilst they are here, the Malawian teachers and ‘learners’ will be working alongside staff and pupils in the High School and local Primaries to learn more about life in Scotland. It will also be a wonderful opportunity for our pupils and staff to learn more about Malawi and I hope members of the community will also get involved.”
On Saturday 29th August, the school will host a Community Ceilidh in Gairloch Community Hall between 7pm and 10pm, entry by voluntary donation.