Youth and Schools Forum: with Malawi Minister of Education

UK time 16:00 – 17:30 Malawi time 17:00 – 18:30
Location Zoom

Teachers, educators, youth leaders, and NGO leaders, from across Scotland and Malawi, joined us for our SMP and MaSP co-hosted Youth and Schools Forum on Thursday 31st March 2022.

The event launched our updated School Partnerships Practical Guide and we were delighted to welcome Malawi Minister of Education and longstanding friend of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, Hon Agnes Nyalonje, as our keynote speaker.

The Hon. Minister wrote the Foreword for the new guide and gave a powerful speech giving her full support for the SMP and MaSP, and endorsing our work supporting youth and school links.

Read the Minister’s speech.

The event included:

Schools Partnership Practical Guide:

The last two years have seen new challenges and unprecedented change across the world due to Covid-19, the increasing threat of climate change and a growing understanding of equalities issues. The SMP recognises that school partnerships have been especially affected in recent times and so we are keen to update the advice, support and information we offer schools to ensure it is as relevant and impactful as possible.

We have updated our Schools Partnership Practical Guide for 2022, with lots of new content informed by:

We believe this updated guide will support schools to strengthen existing links and build strong foundations for new links, with strong educational benefits in both nations.

From the outset, we have taken a hugely consultative approach with this updated guide, inviting input from dozens of organisations and individuals across Scotland and Malawi.

The new guide is entirely digital, so any section can be updated at any time, and we’re therefore really keen to invite early feedback and input from stakeholders. Our Youth and Schools Forum will therefore not only be ‘launching’ the new guide but also continuing to consult on its content and framing.

Other new products and services:

The SMP has launched a fully updated set of resources and support for youth and school partnerships:

The SMP is also currently developing 17 new digital resources to support teachers in Scotland deliver high-impact lessons relating to Malawi which directly link to the Scottish curriculum. This includes an ambitious new suite of resources and lesson plans specifically covering more sensitive areas of critical learning:

  1. Power and poverty, a critical understanding
  2. Use of images and video: the narratives we construct
  3. Scotland and Malawi: Understanding our shared history
  4. Partnership vs charity
  5. Critical dialogue groups (with QMU and StekaSkills)
  6. Understanding the ‘White Savior’ complex
  7. Do No Harm: exploring intended and unintended consequences
  8. The case for Climate Justice
  9. Understanding Malawi: its language and culture

Read the full summary of these nine topics here

We really invite member and stakeholder input as we develop our new resources in these areas.