Events for Charlies Rwanda trip

Charlie on a previous bike ride. See his events
Charlie on a previous bike ride. See his events

A local teacher will be heading to Rwanda in July and has organised a series of events to raise funds for the trip to work with teachers and pupils.

Charlie Barrow from Fishermoss Primary School in Portlethen will travel to Central Africa and spend his time living and working in the community and developing teachers skills through modelling best practice and delivering training sessions for staff.

Two decades on from the terrible genocide that followed civil war, Rwanda has worked hard to establish their education system and recognises Scotland’s world-class Curriculum for Excellence and highly skilled workforce.

However, the country has plenty of lessons to teach the Western world. As a small country fighting poverty and with limited resources, Rwandans are acutely aware of the importance of living sustainably.

Access to clean water requires conservation and daily effort. With such a beautiful landscape, measures are taken to protect wildlife like the famous mountain gorillas and looking after the environment, even making plastic bags illegal.

As a reciprocal arrangement, Mr Barrow will use his Rwandan experience to further develop Aberdeenshire children’s understanding of their place in the world as global citizens. As part of the Global Learning Partnership, the trip is organised and funded through a collaboration between The Wood Foundation charity, Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. Mr Barrow needs to raise £1,250 as a contribution towards the cost of the trip and has arranged a number of exciting fundraisers to achieve his target. These include a sponsored coast-to-coast off-road cycle challenge from Fort William to Stonehaven next week, a Rwandan Blend Family Shindig at the Portlethen Golf Club on Friday, April 22, a global music night at the Station Hotel Stonehaven on Friday, April 29, and an afternoon of family music workshops this Easter with celtic musicians from The Trybe band and the Clarsach Society on April 14 at Stonehaven Community Centre.

All the information on the events can be found on