Kenyan visitors put down roots in Scotland
After a wonderful eleven days of school visits and activities, we said goodbye to our four teachers and four community leaders from Kenya on Wednesday 10th June.
The visit was the result of the partnership between Crofting Connections and NECOFA Kenya School Gardens Initiative which works with rural schools and communities in the Eastern Rift Valley and has very similar aims to Crofting Connections. The partnership echoes a wider global movement to raise the profile of local small-scale food production all over the world.
The packed schedule included re-enacting a drove in Argyll, hearing about croft history in the Cairngorms, visiting vibrant remote rural schools in northern Shetland and planting trees with the Abriachan Forest Trust. The visitors were given a warm welcome wherever they went which was much needed in the unseasonable cold weather even those of us living here found hard.
At the Conference in the Highland Council Chambers in Inverness delegates heard how Learning for Sustainability and Food Education are acquiring a higher profile in Kenya and Scotland and schools shared their experiences of the week. Plans for future joint school work were discussed which will include the return visit of Scottish teachers to Kenya in the autumn.
More detailed reports of the learning and plans will follow and background to the trip can be found in other news items on this website.
Kenyan Connections is a partnership between Crofting Connections and NECOFA Kenya School Gardens Initiative which works with rural schools and communities in the Eastern Rift Valley. It has very similar aims to Crofting Connections. This partnership echoes a wider global movement to raise the profile of local small-scale food production all over the world.Read full article: Kenyan Connections
One of the highlights of Crofting Connections this year has been widening our work in secondary schools, starting with a gathering in Assynt in October 2014, with secondary pupils, teachers and crofters, supported by Crofting Connections and the Scottish Crofting Federation. Nearly a third of these pupils live on working crofts, some in community-owned crofting estates. Over half said they would like to work in their communities after finishing their studies.Read full article: Films from the Crofting In Schools Gathering in Assynt