Dalkeith dad backs university’s learning project

Some of the first Midlothian schools graduate from Queen Margaret Children's University in June
Some of the first Midlothian schools graduate from Queen Margaret Children's University in June

A dad from Dalkeith has become one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Queen Margaret Children’s University.

Now Robert Wilson wants other Midlothian parents to buy into the concept for their children.

Robert believes his six-year-old daughter Hope, a P2 pupil at King’s Park Primary, is experiencing new opportunities by being involved in Queen Margaret University’s project.

Since joining the initiative she has immersed herself in all kinds of dance.

“She’s doing ballet, Irish dance, hip hop, and a host of other things, and she’s loving every minute of it,” said Robert.

“It’s important not to be pushy, but getting her involved in trying different activities will ultimately help with attainment at school as well as building her confidence.”

Robert is one of Queen Margaret Children’s University’s most passionate supporters. From an early stage in the initiative, he volunteered his time and worked hard to bring community projects, and high profile venues, on board.

He is responsible for 125 learning destinations signing up as project partners - including Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Of these 125 learning destinations, across Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian, 25 different activities such as judo, dance, football and games are now offered to pupils of the Children’s University.

Robert believes that parents and schools need to buy into the concept at the earliest age.

He added: “Parental support is crucial and learning beyond classroom should be encouraged from the youngest age. We need to get more families and schools to get five year olds involved so that children can develop as enthusiastic learners from a very young age. Learning as a family can only have positive outcome for our children.”

Newbattle Community High School, Danderhall Primary, Kings Park Primary and Woodburn Primary were the first Midlothian schools to take part in the Queen Margaret Children’s University graduation ceremony in June.

For more information contact Callum Maguire, Head of Outreach & Community Engagement at QMU on 0131 474 0000 or email CMaguire@qmu.ac.uk