Mo’s got it all tied up!

160103 Muhammed Fofana at the grange ps tye dying with p7 pupils.
160103 Muhammed Fofana at the grange ps tye dying with p7 pupils.

GAMBIAN artist Muham-med Fofana led a tie dye workshop for P7 Grange Primary pupils last Wednesday as part of an arts and cultural project organised by Bo’ness Academy.

Over three weeks, he is demonstrating techniques to Academy cluster schools pupils and seniors, for them to make t-shirts, and also holding question and answer sessions.

Mohammed works with the Academy’s link school in The Gambia and had previously met Bo’ness secondary pupils on their trips to the African state.

This is the first time the Academy - or any school in the district – has welcomed an established link person to lead an actual project.

Local MP Michael Connarty was involved in bringing Muhammed to Bo’ness.

Academy depute headteacher Catriona Reid said: “It has taken almost a year to get Mr Fofana across here and the benefits to the pupils meeting and working with him are immense.

“Global Citizenship is a major initiative in all schools and this is a fantastic way to bring it to life.”

It is planned Mohammed - who travels back to The Gambia on February 2, along with a party of over 20 S4-6 Academy pupils on a week’s visit - will return before summer for a second phase of the project.

The African headteacher is also due to visit Bo’ness in April or May.