From the 2nd – 7th December, The Scotland Malawi Partnership were honored to host leading Malawian innovator and ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’, William Kamkwamba.
The purpose of his visit to Scotland was to promote the ongoing relationship between Scotland and Malawi, and share his journey in order to inspire our younger generation.
William hit the ground running at the SMP Renewable Energy Forum, where he was the keynote speaker at the round table meeting, attended by social enterprise and sustainable development experts from across Scotland. The purpose was to engage Scottish businesses working in the renewable energy sector, and share their knowledge and expertise in the hope of overcoming challenges and identifying opportunities.
A privilege to welcome @wkamkwamba to @ScotParl today.William has received worldwide acclaim for his inspiring autobiography #theboywhoharnessedthewind @KenMacintoshMSP and @LindaFabianiSNP met our guest for a fascinating discussion on his achievements #scotlandmalawipartnership pic.twitter.com/JpVjbBzbhy— International Relations – Scottish Parliament (@SP_IntRelations) December 3, 2019
Great discussion today at @ScotlandMalawi Partnership’s Renewable Energy Forum. Was delighted to meet and hear from William Kamkwamba who’s work inspired the award winning book and Netflix film “The boy who harnessed the wind”. @GCUclimatejust @GCUEngagement pic.twitter.com/JOxEfttGUK— Eilidh Watson (@eilidhwatsonn) December 3, 2019
William also attended Scottish Parliament to meet with International Development Minister, Ben Macpherson MSP, and senior representatives of the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s political parties to share his story as a sustainable entrepreneur and promote the importance of Scotland’s longstanding links with Malawi.
On December 5th, twelve shortlisted schools from across Scotland came together for the inaugural School Partnership Awards. Here, they shared their own Malawian school partnership stories, focusing on the theme of ‘sustainability’. William presented the awards and provided a talk on his own sustainable venture, the Moving Windmills Project.
Congratulations to @PenicuikHS @GWC_News @esmedinburgh @St_Maurice_High and @dunblanebb, the first winners of the School Partnership Awards.— Scotland Malawi Partnership (@ScotlandMalawi) December 6, 2019
Thank you to everyone for submitting such inspirational entries. Find out more about yesterdays activities here: https://t.co/DDlvLEQlCp pic.twitter.com/FJxSvjxo4C
RDM Team has arrived at the #SMPAwards in Edinburgh to hear and meet @wkamkwamba author and real-life protagonist of ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’. Looking forward to hearing more about schools’ work through @ScotlandMalawi Partnership. pic.twitter.com/icvKtZUfwh— RDM Primary School (@RDMScone) December 5, 2019
He later travelled to Aberdeen to various local schools and institutions, bringing together people from across North East Scotland and telling his inspiring story to over 400 students and staff.
Thank you to our network members and everyone who attended the events this week, and to William himself for inspiring global learning in our local schools and supporting sustainable futures with our leaders.