Girls in education


In March 2013, there were a small group of girls attending Stella Maris Secondary School in Blantyre, Malawi who no longer had the funds to stay in school and were sent home.

The girls came from very poor families or were orphans.

For the last two years, we have sponsored between 12 to 15 girls each year chosen by the school, who are in need of the sponsorship to stay in education.

Individuals or schools can donate money to cover the girls’ school fees, accommodation and uniform.

We know from research that the more educated women are in a developing country the more sustainable the country will become.

We are committed to continuing this support to make a difference to girls.

Interested in helping us to keep girls in education?

Email us at GCCMLOL@glasgow.gov.uk

Find out more information here Give them a fighting chance PDF


When You Educate a Girl, You Educate a Nation.


Global Goals

MLOL support #GlobalGoals in Malawi

Goal 5

Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women & girls

MLOL libraries


MLOL is helping to towards improved literacy in our Malawian partner schools by establishing libraries – with money raised by schools and individuals in Glasgow.

The initial sponsorship of £500 pays for books, material and a sewing machine – this is to make book bags for the children to take their books home in.

The mothers’ group at the school make the bags and the sewing machine is also utilised in some of our schools to make school uniforms – for the needy and also at a cost for those who can afford to pay – raising valuable funds for the school community.

Enterprise in action!

We introduced our first library into Chitsime Primary School in March 2013. The school has more than 5,000 pupils so providing meaningful resources is challenging. A library is the perfect way of introducing books into the life of the school and families.

Research by UNICEF has found that a child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.

We now have nine primary schools in Malawi with libraries set-up by MLOL. This means nearly 15,000 children now have more regular access to books.

We have recently established links with the Malawian Library Service to enable our schools to get books provided by the charity Book Aid. We are able to supply a good quantity of books to each of the school libraries in place at that time for only a very small cost for transport.

The use of the books in the Malawian schools continues to be variable. Our visiting MLOLs focus on helping teachers develop ways to integrate the use of books into lessons even with very large classes.

When our Malawian teachers come to Glasgow they also focus on learning how books can be used effectively to enhance children’s literacy.

And we have emerging examples of good practice in our partner schools.

The first one is the English club at Namwiyo Primary School. Children stay behind after school with teachers to read books and write their own stories. They published their own newsletter in English to share across the school. Parents comment very positively on how their child’s English is improving due to the access to books and the English club.

Another is the reading clubs at Matinde Primary School.

This is a rural primary school with many of the children travelling long distances to get to school. Some cannot stay behind after school due to family commitments so children take home books and meet in their local communities to read together and talk about the books. The school have noticed an improvement in children’s fluency in English and in their confidence in learning.


Want to help us improve literacy levels – why not sponsor a library or some books…contact GCCMLOL@glasgow.gov.uk for more information.