School pupils across Glasgow celebrated the International Day of the African Child on Tuesday, 16 June.
Cordia’s Fuel Zone catering teams served a special, African themed menu to mark the occasion, in partnership with Glasgow City Council Education Services. For every meal sold in primary and secondary schools, a donation was made to Glasgow City Council’s charity - Malawi Leaders of Learning (MLOL).
The International Day of the African Child is an annual event held across the world on June 16 to raise awareness of the continuing need to improve the education available to African children.
The date symbolises the day 39 years ago when thousands of black schoolchildren marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting against the poor quality of education in the country and demanding the right to be taught in their own language.
Across Glasgow, school children are learning about African countries as part of the global citizenship education programme.
At lunchtime, primary school pupils were treated to lentil soup as a starter with a choice of curry with rice, spicy meatballs with pitta bread and salad, or Jollof rice for a main course and banana bread for dessert. Secondary school canteens were offering meal deals to customers.
Julia McCreadie, Cordia’s head of Encore and facilities management, said: “We’re proud to be commemorating the Day of the African Child by serving an African Inspired menu in schools throughout Glasgow.
“Cordia made a donation to Glasgow City Council’s charity - Malawi Leaders of Learning (MLOL) for every meal purchased on the day, helping the organisation continue its great work.”
On the same day, the city’s Young Leaders of Learning (MYLOL) also hosted a special debate for young people in the City Chambers around the theme 'How do we as Young Leaders make a difference in Glasgow and Malawi'.
Councillor Stephen Curran, Executive Member for Education and Young People, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for schools across the city to take part in global citizenship education and learn about other cultures and education systems.
“It is also a way for us to raise the profile of the work that Malawi Leaders of Learning (MLOL) is doing and how we are improving education in Glasgow and Malawi.
“All money raised on the day will go towards library books in our Malawian partner schools and helping to keep girls in education.
“A big thank you to Cordia for supporting our charity again this year.”
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