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Highland Council donation will help education of children overseas

By Gordon Calder

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A DONATION by Highland Council could help children overseas with their education and learning. The local authority has provided a stock of maths sets, which were surplus to requirements, to Blythswood Care as local authority convener, Bill Lobban explained.

Councillor Bill Lobban says the donation will make a difference to young people's education
Councillor Bill Lobban says the donation will make a difference to young people's education

"I identified the stock of unused maths sets which had previously been used as gifts and prizes for school children but were no longer in use. I felt that they could be put to better use. After discussion with councillor John Finlayson, the council's chairman of the education committee, we agreed to donate the maths sets to charity. I am very pleased that the Blythswood overseas education programme is now able to use the donation and delighted that this will make a difference to many young peoples’ education."

Councillor Finlayson, added: "As Highland pupils now have digital access for their education, we have gifted the maths sets to young people overseas to support them in their learning. In poorer communities where children have little or no access to education facilities, we hope that these simple maths sets will make a big difference to the practical learning for many children."

The Blythswood education programme aims to support education to transform futures. Blythswood Care is dedicated to sustainable education and social care projects, helping disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential. The charity’s work takes place in some of the poorest regions in the world. They work with local partners and communities to respond to educational, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Blythswood’s head of projects, Finlay Mackenzie said: "We really appreciate the councillors directing the maths sets towards Blythswood. They will be useful in our after-school programmes which give some of the poorest children in Europe the help they need to keep up at school."

For further information visit: https://blythswood.org/education/

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