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Maureen McKenna, Founder of MLOL tells us all about the MLOL family

Malawi Leaders of Learning continues to make a difference by working together to help improve learning and teaching in our Malawian partner and Glasgow schools.

With each visit to Malawi, by Glasgow teachers and education officers, we witness lots of evidence of improvements – particularly in literacy and numeracy levels and especially in our Malawian schools where MLOL has funded and nurtured school libraries.

We have an ambition to support libraries in every primary school in Blantyre, Malawi. There are currently 61 primary schools in Blantyre Urban district with over 160,000 children. There are 160 primary schools in Blantyre Rural district with over 74,000 children.

It is an ambitious target!

Education remains the key that will open the doors for our children in both Glasgow and Malawi.

Every child has the right to a quality education – regardless of their circumstances.

Our 2022 – 2025 plan below sets out how we are going to take forward our partnership.

MLOL - the future

As with countries all over the world, the global pandemic has impacted on education in Malawi. In 2022, MLOL is starting again to send staff out to Blantyre to work alongside Malawian staff delivering professional learning.

Our objectives remain the same – sharing good practice and learning opportunities between headteachers and teachers in both our countries and key education professionals – to improve attainment and achievement in our schools.

We will also continue to maintain and help establish libraries in all urban and rural primary schools in Blantyre, Malawi to encourage reading and improve literacy levels.

Our quest to help nurture and encourage girls into secondary school is well established with donors fundraising to pay towards annual school fees for a small number of vulnerable, female secondary pupils at Stella Maris Secondary School in Blantyre.

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Malawi gets under your skin and for me even more the second time than the first. It was a joyful experience.
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February 2023 Report

In Feb 23, Maureen led a team of four staff who built on the success of the September 22 visit. The summary report and the evaluations from the participants are below.