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Highland Council donates surplus maths sets to Blythswood Care for its education programme aimed at transforming children's futures in some of the poorest parts of the world


By Scott Maclennan

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Highland Council HQ.
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The Convener of Highland Council Bill Lobban and the chairman of the Education Committee have made a donation to Blythswood Care on behalf of the local authority to help children overseas learn maths.

The donation of a stock of maths sets that were surplus to council requirements has been sent to Blythswood Care for their education programme aimed at “transforming futures.”

Blythswood Care is dedicated to sustainable education and social care projects, helping disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential in some of the poorest regions in the world.

Councillor Lobban said: “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 Cllr Finlayson, 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.”

Cllr 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.”

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.”

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