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.

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Maureen McKenna
Executive Director of Education

List of MLOL trustees:

Maureen McKenna – Founder

David McClelland – Treasurer

Susan Aitchison – Secretary

Tom McDonald

Stephen McGowan

Fiona Ross

Brenda Wallace

Wendy O’Donnell

Samir Sharma

Les McLean

'The visit has also helped us to have a deeper understanding of the partnership which will help us to provide necessary support for the betterment of the education system in the two partner cities.’
Eastbank pupil

Facts & figures

Malawi Facts & Figures

  • Population 16,700,000 (UN 2014)
  • Size: 118,480 km
  • Average Annual income (per capita): $314.5 per annum (UN 2013)
  • Life Expectancy: 61 years (World Bank 2013)
  • Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa

Glasgow Facts & Figures

  • Population 600,060
  • Size: 175.5 km²
  • Average Annual income (per capita): £28,400
  • Life Expectancy: 71.6 years for men & 78 years for women
  • Glasgow – People Make Glasgow

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

Justin Kamwendo


'There has been an increase in selection rate in 2015 compared to 2014. In 2014 selection rate at Matindi Primary school – a MLOL partner school since the beginning of our project - was at 40% while in 2015 selection rate was at 42%. A total of 23 girls were selected compared to 19 boys.'

Key Documents


'I enjoyed meeting learners old and young asking me question about my school and country and the respect received from learners e.g. greetings, opening the door for me.'
'I learnt the need for having a pupils’ council and pupils’ learning conversations as well as novel reading lessons, maths group work, including rotation.'
'I understand more about coordination between teachers and parents toward the children’s education, the importance of a print-rich environment all around the schools. I noted teachers-learners relationship was good which results to active learning.'
'I have learnt from my visit to schools: co-ordination without and with a ball, warm up, how to pass a ball, dribbling skills, jumping skills, scooping, how to use general and personal space.'