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Sharing Experiences, Songs and a Few Gardening Stories - Visitors from Ekwendeni, Malawi

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 08:27

Just before the summer holidays, we were very lucky to welcome more visitors from Malawi - a group of doctors and nurses from Ekwendeni Hospital in northern Malawi.

Our first visit was to Culbokie Primary to see Mr Dunn and his class. Mr Dunn had been exploring water issues in Scotland and Malawi with his learners, so his learners had lots of questions about life in Malawi. They were keen to tell our visitors how challenging it had been when they had tried to carry pots of water around the football pitch! There was also an opportunity for the pupils to bring our visitors outside to show them what they were growing in the vegetable gardens which led to very interesting discussion about the challenges of growing food in inclement weather. When we left, our visitors commented on how welcoming and acccepting the children were - real global citizens!


Our next visit was to Ullapool Nursery and Primary schools. We had some great conversations about life in hospitals in Scotland and Malawi. Songs were sung in both Tumbuka and Gaelic which we could have enjoyed all day, but it was time to move on to Ullapool High School for a visit to the geography department. Pupils were about to embark on a unit on primary health care, so this was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the health issues in Malawi.

We were very grateful to the staff from Ekwendeni Hospital for taking the time to share their experiences, some beautiful songs and lots of laughs. It was a very memorable week.


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