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Outdoor Classroom for Local Primary School

Working collaboratively with Gilbert-Ash Ltd and Our Lady’s Girls Primary School, WOMEN’STEC brought over forty P7 girls together to learn carpentry skills as part of a wider outdoor classroom project.

Two P7 classes attended workshop sessions where the girls took part in practical, hands-on activities to gain a deeper understanding and learning of working with wood, along with guided tuition. The P7 girls took part in making furniture from upcycling pallet wood, taking part in activities such as sanding, planing and drilling wood.

The girls loved this experience, led by female carpenters, and the girls’ determination and enthusiasm was outstanding! This project has been a great way to reach girls at a young age, help break down stereotypes and help widen career choice awareness. It has benefited the school and the children, and resulted in an outdoor classroom for Our Lady’s Primary School, which was officially opened on 16 April 2019.

Kelli Johnston, the #NotJustForBoys Coordinator, commented, “We’d like to thank Gilbert-Ash for inviting us to become involved in this amazing project to help create a dynamic outdoor learning space. The girls loved every minute of their time in the workshop with us, and particularly the hands-on element.

We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to introduce carpentry skills to the girls – this could definitely help steer a young person’s future career choice!” For more information on the #notjustforboys programme, please visit the #NotJustForBoys Programme Page.

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