Hopes for Moray school to benefit from strengthened links with African country

Moray MP Douglas Ross has now been elected as a member of the recently formed group devoted to Malawi at Westminster.

A Moray secondary school is targeting stronger ties with an African country during 2018.

Every year, pupils from Forres Academy travel to Malawi to work on projects and share ideas with their counterparts.

Subjects studied during the visit include health, education, home economics and hygiene.

And now, staff at the school want to strengthen the bonds further in the coming months to give the Moray youngsters experience of life in a different country.

Home economics teacher Liz Stewart said: “We have had a very active link with the Luchenza Community day secondary school in the south of the country and its community since 2010.

“It has enhanced the experience of both people living in Forres and those in Malawi.”

Moray MP Douglas Ross has now been elected as a member of the recently formed group devoted to Malawi at Westminster.

A “programme of action” is due to be drawn up and Mr Ross is determined to ensure staff and students at Forres Academy can benefit from the project.

He said: “I know the school holds regular days to raise awareness as well as ongoing fundraising initiatives and sales of Malawi-inspired goods to raise cash towards their project.

“I think it is extremely important that pupils get to see how less fortunate children live and learn about what can be done to help them.

“I know from speaking to Liz Stewart that a lot of pupils have used their visits to Malawi as a basis for choosing a career in health care or teaching.”

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