Malawi Desk Project
In September 2014 I visited Malawi as part of my work on The Falkirk Music Pot project. Malawi has long associations with Scotland and part of that legacy is ongoing support for girls’ education. I was delighted to learn that my old school, Falkirk High School, has a partnership with Bandawe Girls Secondary School, through the Mamie Martin Fund www.mamiemartin.org
My wife Jacqueline and I saw the pupils’ hunger for education, but also saw how this is made more difficult through lack of desks. We saw up to 10 girls working around small tables. Younger girls often sit on the floor working on a box, while older pupils get what few desks and chairs they have – some of which I actually recognised as being from my old school! So, we pledged to raise money for purpose made desks, with a goal of £2500.