A new venture for the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) in Dumfries & Galloway was launched at the recent South West Scotland Dairy Show held at
Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas.
The charity is inviting everyone to become a “Friend of RHET D&G”.
The organisation relies heavily on the generosity of farmer volunteers, local businesses and organisations to provide, free of charge, farm visits and speaker talks for the 3-18 year olds in Dumfries & Galloway’s schools and nurseries. Despite being a rural area, many people have limited knowledge of the countryside, farming or understand where their food comes from. The service RHET provides is greatly valued by teachers. Following a recent RHET farm visit, one teacher commented: “Probably the most powerful tool I have ever used as a teacher and can’t wait to use it with other ideas I have for my classes. This is the most fantastic opportunity you can possibly give pupils to link school coursework to the real world”.
Despite most of the services being provided voluntarily, many costs are incurred including updating and replenishing resources along with hiring buses to get children onto farms. These are covered by fundraising within Dumfries & Galloway and the new “Friend of RHET D&G” scheme is part of that, inviting everyone to set up a standing order to regularly donate to the local charity and continue to get our region’s young people into the countryside. As the future adults of our country, it makes sense to invest in their education and learning.
Contact committee member, Helen McColm on 01988-860233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information leaflet or visit the Facebook page
“RHET Dumfries &Galloway Countryside Initiative”.