I’m delighted to talk about the progress of MLOL and what a busy, productive and exciting time we have experienced so far!
Our MLOL family tree is blossoming.
The roots are now firmly embedded in Scotland and Malawi and our green shoots of last year have matured into a solid, established and stronger structure than ever before.
We know we are making a difference and helping, albeit in a small way at the moment, to reduce the impact of poverty on a quality education for all.
In the next few years we aim to build on this success and take more steps along our journey to improvement and stronger partnerships.
A special thanks to one of our partners - the Wood Foundation for their valuable and unwavering support.
If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together – the old African proverb beautifully sums up our achievements to date.
Maureen McKenna – Founder
David McClelland – Treasurer
Susan Aitchison – Secretary
Malawi Facts & Figures
Glasgow Facts & Figures
We have now had three groups of Malawian colleagues visiting Glasgow. A total of 16 staff have visited since 2012.
The Malawian staff work alongside MLOLs in their schools. They present at assemblies and learnt about different approaches to learning and teaching.
In addition, they receive training on school improvement planning and, of course, had time for cultural activities.
In 2015, each member of the team told us in advance which area they would like to focus on. We then tailored their programme to ensure that their individual learning needs were met. For example, one teacher wanted to learn more about physical education. He shadowed an active schools coordinator and worked in 14 different schools across the city. Another wanted to learn more about literacy and the use of libraries. All completed an evaluation on their return to Malawi.
With each visit, the value of this exchange has increased as we are able to more effectively link all aspects of our project.
For example, the leadership assignment for the Malawian headteachers becomes one of the areas for focus for the Scottish visit and the MLOLs are able to work with the Malawian staff both in Malawi and in Glasgow – allowing for greater breadth and depth in their learning.
In May 2016 the next cohort of Malawian teachers and education officials arrived for a two-week working visit to Glasgow schools