Scottish Government Funding Helps Malawi Girls Learn Computer Skills

African school girl

A digital literacy project in Malawi will receive funding to deliver teacher training and resources, the Scottish Government has announced.

The Scottish Government has offered funding to a digital literacy project in Malawi that will deliver teacher training to help develop students’ computer skills.

The project will receive a share of £450,000 from the Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme to train and equip 80 teachers. The project, which is one of 18 initiatives, will help train 9,000 girls, who would otherwise not receive an education due to gender, disability or where they live.

All of the 18 projects will be delivered by voluntary not-for-profit Scottish-based organisations, with eight of them focusing primarily on working with partners in Malawi. The Turing Trust, International Resources and Recycling Institute, Leprosy in Utale Village Plus and STEKA Skills were among other projects awarded funding.

“Over the last six years this programme has enable Scottish organisations to make a significant impact and help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said International Development Minister Ben Macpherson.

The fund, Macpherson said, supported projects that demonstrated a “commitment to enhancing Scotland’s role as a good global citizen”.

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He added: “Scotland is proud to be an internationalist, outward-looking country, and over the last six years this programme has enabled Scottish organisations to make a significant impact and help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

“Partnership working is fundamental to the success of this programme, providing an opportunity for Scottish organisations to build their capacity for international development work and, crucially, to work closely with their in-country partners to promote capacity building, learning and delivery on the ground.”

The Turing Trust chief executive, James Turing, said: “The Turing Trust are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Scottish Government to support our work in Malawi. This grant will be fundamental to our work over the next three three years, enabling 9,000 Malawian girls to gain digital skills for the first time.”

In addition to supporting digital literacy skills, the fund will also help a project working to improve paediatric care training for student nurses in Malawi, as well as going to an initiaive that provides additional training for emergency workers in Central Zambia.

Administered by the Corra Foundation, the Small Grants Programme was developed in partnership with Scotland’s International Development Alliance and the Scotland Malawi Partnership. It was designed to accommodate smaller funding requests, with project grants of up to £60,000 available over a three year period.

Corra chief executive Fiona Duncan said: “Corra Foundation works with people to achieve positive change, an aim which resonates very strongly with those of this International Development Small Grants programme.

“Corra Foundation is delighted to be working with Scottish Government and other partners on this programme, which enables groups and communities in Scotland to work with partners internationally. Grants support communities in a range of areas, such as schools, farmer groups and healthcare – work which brings benefits for all those involved.”

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