Provost welcomes Lebanese students

Provost Helen Moonie with the Lebanese group
Provost Helen Moonie with the Lebanese group

Provost Helen Moonie has welcomed students from the Lebanese Evangelical School based at Tyre in Lebanon, to South Ayrshire.

The school was established 1860 by Mrs Elizabeth Bowen Thompson, the wife of Glasgow University graduate, Dr James Bowen Thompson, a doctor with the Syrian Medical Aid Association in 1844 and the visit was part of a tour exploring the school’s Scottish links and history.

The visit to Scotland is also aimed at giving pupils a taste of life and school in this area – which is very different to the school and educational system in Lebanon, where most schools are privately run.

Pupils get the chance to live with families and experience family life, as well as attend a local school.

Welcoming the School Principal Mr Ziad El Helou and the visit organiser, Andrea Smith (also a graduate of Glasgow University) Provost Helen Moonie said: “We love having people coming to see what we have to offer and we also pride ourselves on what we can learn from others.

“I was delighted the pupils gave a superb presentation on their school and country, which was enjoyable and highly informative.”

Provost Moonie also presented the students with a small gift, asking the pupils to share their experiences of South Ayrshire with fellow students when they got back to school.