Provost visits Malawi

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: pictured (l-r) is Charles Fawcett, of the Healthy Lifestyle Project; Jacqui Bradley, Councillor Jim Logue and Provost Jim Robertson.
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: pictured (l-r) is Charles Fawcett, of the Healthy Lifestyle Project; Jacqui Bradley, Councillor Jim Logue and Provost Jim Robertson.

SCHOOL children in one of Africa’s poorest countries are set to benefit from a North Lanarkshire Council clear-out of surplus equipment. ​

Desks, chairs and PE equipment will be ‘hand delivered’ by council officials Provost Jim Robertson and Councillor Jim Logue who are set to visit Malawi in October as part of a charitable programme.

Provost Robertson explained: “The charitable programme we are supporting, Aiming Higher in Malawi which has been designed in North Lanarkshire by our own Healthy Lifestyle Project, are running a tremendously important health and education campaign which deserves all the help we can give.

“We have built up a strong connection with Malawi and we hope that this project will create better lives for many vulnerable children and orphans, and give them the opportunity for a brighter future.”

The councillors, who are paying their own way to the tiny land-locked state, will meet leading education officials from the Malawian government.

The Healthy Lifestyle Project aims to help empower the young people, and in particularly girls in the region to stop negative social attitudes, end harmful traditional practices and support educational opportunities.

One of the projects, Mother Groups, encourage those living in the local communities to support the rights of young women to a decent education, combat HIV and tackle extreme poverty.

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