Strengthening links with Kenya

Kenya bound - Webster's High School pupils (from left) Lucy Upton, Alistair Turner, Calum Hogan and Rosa Duncan. (Picture by Photos on Location, Forfar).
Kenya bound - Webster's High School pupils (from left) Lucy Upton, Alistair Turner, Calum Hogan and Rosa Duncan. (Picture by Photos on Location, Forfar).

STAFF and pupils are looking forward to what promises to be a memorable life-changing trip to Kenya next month as part of the school’s flourishing link with Litein High School in Kenya.

Two members of staff - Mr Taylor of the Science Faculty and Mrs Butler from the Expressive Arts Faculty will accompany pupils Alistair Turner, Calum Hogan, Rosa Duncan and Lucy Upton to Litein in June where they will work with staff and students of Litein High School in the designing and painting of a partnership mural in both schools.

They will also work on an innovative science project related to developing renewable energy in the partner countries, and participate in an inter-school debate along witht eh development of a cultural project looking at the traditional way of life in West Kenya. This will include the building of a traditional homestead in the grounds of Litein High School.

The visit is the latest chapter in the link between the two schools which has been nurtured through three project funded by the Department for International Development’s Global Schools Partnership Programme.

Prior to the Easter break Webster’s entertained three members of the Litein staff, including the principal, Moses Ndeda, and four pupils.

They made visits to local farms, a football match, they took part in a golf lesson with Karen Dallas at Kirriemuir Golf Course, attended Strathmore Speakers club, an S2 Geography class at Forfar Academy, a concert at Montrose Academy, Southmuir Primary, Cortachy Church, a shopping expedition in Dundee, Discovery Point and Dundee Law, St Andrews, Arbroath, Dunfermline Abbey and to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

The Litein delegation also participated in parents’ evenings, the school’s Fair Trade Spring Fayre, Social Studies lessons, a school debate and in a major “Global Citizenship” conference, organised by Learning and Teaching Scotland and hosted by Webster’s.

Local hospitality has been excellent and the school wishes to thank the Clova Hotel, Kirriemuir Golf Course and the Thrums Hotel for providing meals at a preferential rate, and Mrs Smith who, similarly, made available excellent self catering accommodation for the two week stay.

On the eve of the return visit by Webster’s pupils, a spokesperson for the school said: “The link is good for the two schools in a host of ways. Joint projects have been or are being worked up in Science, Art, Maths, English, Social Studies and Computing and these are undoubtedly enriching the curricular experience of both schools.

“But what is perhaps more important is the cultural interchange from which all pupils have the potential to benefit, not just those who actually visit the link school.

“A greater global awareness is developing among many pupils, a lifting of personal horizons beyond just Kirriemuir and Litein.

“We have been able to offer Litein advice on ICT, health matters and artistic and literary creativity.

“Litein is teaching us the benefits of seriousness, hard work, staying focused and how education is the key to a better life.

“The link has given us a better appreciation of just how well off we are, and how superbly resourced Webster’s is, compared with its Kenyan counterpart.

“Up to now the link has been generously funded by the Department for International Development and the consortium which includes the British Council, Cambridge Education Foundation, UK One World Linking Association and Voluntary Services Overseas.

“That funding will soon come to an end but, such is the value of our Partnership with Litein, that we must find a way of keeping it going.

“Fund-raising will be necessary and if any parent or local organisation would like to provide, or could recommend, sponsorship that would be very much appreciated.”