Renfrewshire Council

Malawi - Kimberley's story

Principal teacher of flexible learning at Renfrew High School, Kimberley Roan McVeigh, was excited to use her skills to help the classrooms for Malawi project when she took part in 2019.

Kimberley Roan
Inside the classroom

"I'm passionate about education and enjoy learning about how schooling works in other countries. I love the Classrooms for Malawi ethos, that education is the most effective route out of poverty and gives children and young people the opportunity to attend school in safe and clean environments. So, the project seemed like a perfect fit for me.

"I was taken aback by the lack of necessities within the villages I visited, and as a teacher I was humbled to realise all the resources I normally have at my fingertips. Simple things such as paper, pens and books are a luxury there and as for computers, smart boards and printers, they are simply a dream.

"I loved meeting people and learning about their culture and history and it was wonderful to work and play with local children. It's such a rich and welcoming place with the most fantastic people.

"As well as the hands-on grafting and getting involved with the build, I was lucky to help train local teachers and even got to visit the hometown of a mentor from the Ministry of Education. The experience of getting off the beaten track and exploring areas we wouldn't normally see was an incredible privilege.

"In my work I regularly get to see the difference education can make to young people's futures and taking part in this project was an ideal way for me use my skills to help others while learning and growing myself.

"There was so much I loved about the whole experience, including getting to meet council colleagues who I can now call friends. It was a great shared experience to take part in a project that is building learning spaces and opportunities for the children of Malawi. I can honestly say was the best thing I have ever done."

If Kimberley's story inspired you, why not consider taking part in the 2023 trip? You can find out everything you need to know to get started here.

Published on Monday 15 August 2022