Girls in Malawi get digital lessons through new Small Grants Programme

Girls in Malawi get digital lessons through new Small Grants Programme

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Malawian students learning vital ICT skills that will open up a new world of possibilities in our digital age. Credit: Brian Ferguson 

Training for 80 teachers in Malawi to provide computing skills for girls is among 18 projects to be delivered from the Scottish Government Small Grants Programme.

The project will ensure that teachers have both the skills and resources to teach digital literacy to 9,000 Malawian girls who would normally be excluded from lessons because of gender, disability or where they live.

Healthcare projects including additional training for emergency staff in Central Zambia will also benefit from the Programme. Another project receiving funding will improve essential paediatric care training to 800 nursing students in Malawi.

All 18 projects are to be delivered by Scottish-based voluntary organisations in 2019-20 through a share of the £468,525 funding from the Small Grants Programme.

The Programme supports the work of small organisations in Scotland, enabling them to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable people and communities.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Macpherson said:

“Projects funded under the Small Grants Programme demonstrate our commitment to enhancing Scotland’s role as a good global citizen.

“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.”

Further detail on Scottish Government Small Grants recipients can be found here.

The Small Grants Programme is administered by Corra Foundation and developed in partnership with Scotland’s International Development Alliance and Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP). It is designed to accommodate smaller funding requests: project grants up to £60,000 are available for over a three-year period. One off grants of uo to £10,000 are also available for feasibility studies and capacity building work.

Incorporated not-for-profit organisations which have a presence in Scotland and an annual expenditure of less than £250,000 are eligible to apply, and there are three types of grants available: project, feasibility and capacity building.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance Chief Executive Jane Salmonson said:

 “The Scottish Government’s Small Grants Programme makes it possible for smaller organisations working out of Scotland to make a distinct contribution to the achievement of the sustainable development goals in partner countries. In addition to a number of interesting projects, we are happy to note that this funding round will also support four capacity-building grants to help organisations develop or improve their safeguarding policies.”

Scotland Malawi Partnership Chief Executive David Hope-Jones said:

"Scotland has a great many close links with Malawi, including many which benefit from this innovative and impactful funding programme. There are a range of excellent projects supported by these grants: projects which are transforming lives for the better and further strengthening the ties of friendship between our two nations. The Scotland Malawi Partnership is delighted to support this high-impact programme.”

 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 3 years, enabling 9,000 Malawian girls to gain digital skills for the first time."