Scotland Malawi partnership holds Glasgow congress


The University of Malawi has strong links to the University of Strathclyde

Over 300 students to discuss their Malawi links

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23rd November 2015 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

Over 300 secondary school students will gather in Glasgow today for the annual Scotland Malawi Partnership Youth Congress.

The event, held at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, gives students from all over Scotland a chance to meet like-minded peers and discuss their Malawi links, as well as debate important issues such as global poverty and the UN’s new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Over 200 schools across Scotland have a link with a school in Malawi, with the original links dating back to 1859 and the travels of Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone.

Scotland Malawi partnership holds Glasgow congressHumza Yousaf

During my recent visit to Malawi I saw first-hand the huge difference this relationship is making to the lives of many Malawians.

Humza Yousaf, minister for Europe and international development, will be at the event to launch the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s new schools guide, Paths into International Development.

The guide aims to encourage students to get involved with volunteering and school links with Malawi, which can have a positive effect on their further education and career development.

Yousaf said: “Scotland and Malawi have an important relationship and we can all be very proud of what we have achieved since our two countries signed the cooperation agreement a decade ago.

“During my recent visit to Malawi I saw first-hand the huge difference this relationship is making to the lives of many Malawians.

“Every year more than 300,000 Scots and two million Malawians benefit from the work we do in partnership, in areas including education, health, agriculture and renewable energy.

“I’m delighted that this conference aims to encourage young Scots and Malawians to continue, and strengthen the links between our two nations, taking our partnership forward into the next generation.”

Organisers of the event said this year’s youth congress will be their biggest yet.

Emily Mnyayi, youth and schools officer for the Scotland Malawi Partnership, said: “We’re very excited to see so many inspiring young Scots engaged with Malawi links.

“It’s so important for future generations to have a positive impact on their local community, as well as the wider world, and being involved in a school partnership gives them that opportunity.  

“When schools partner with a Malawian school they give students the chance to contribute to the special relationship between the two countries.

“The skills these students gain from their Malawi links should not be underestimated and our event will help them identify these and use them to their advantage during further studies and their future careers.”

Hugh Hall, chief operating officer of the University of Strathclyde, added: “The University of Strathclyde is delighted to host the Youth Congress for the Scotland Malawi Partnership.  

“We have a very strong partnership with the University of Malawi, based on common friendship and aspirations. 

“It will be a great opportunity to meet young people who are committed to this partnership and share our enthusiasm for working together with Malawi.”