Car boot sale at Balfron High School to raise cash for partnership with African school

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Balfron High School is going to hold a car boot sale next month to raise money for their partnership with a school in Africa.

They have been partners with Robert Laws Secondary School in Embangweni in Northern Malawi since 2007.

The aim is to develop global citizens by challenging misconceptions, nurturing tolerance and improve teaching and learning for pupils in both schools.

In 2007, 2009 and 2013, groups of pupils and teachers travelled to Malawi to spend a few weeks at Robert Laws. In June 2008 and 2011, a group of staff and pupils from Robert Laws visited Balfron. And this June, a group of eight Malawian students and teachers will return to Balfron.

A teacher at the school, Nicola Douglas, said: “The trips are successful as they strengthen the partnership and improve the quality of teaching and learning in both countries, as well as raise awareness of cultural similarities and differences.

“The cost of this partnership is extremely high. Balfron High pays for the flights, accommodation and travel for the all the people from Malawi. Balfron staff and pupils aim to raise £5,000 through sponsorship and fundraising events.

“It is vital that we raise awareness about the good work that is done through this partnership. The school, host families, and churches in the area have continued to sponsor pupils in Embangweni and this has obviously had a transformational impact on the lives of the Malawians as they have been able to continue their education.”

The car boot sale is on Saturday, March 1 from 10am to 12 noon. Stalls and car boot sites cost £10.

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