SMP's first School Partnership Awards – presented by 'the boy who harnessed the wind' William Kamkwamba

5 Dec 2019

The SMP was delighted to welcome all the winners and entrants of our first ever School Partnership Awards on Thursday, December 5th at Edinburgh's City Chambers – hosted by special guest real-life 'Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' William Kamkwamba!


The School Partnership Awards, kindly supported by the Year of Young People National Lottery fund, Orbis Expeditions and the David Livingstone Birthplace Project, aimed to celebrate the variety of school partnerships with Malawi across Scotland.

The 5th December was International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development and we had a VERY special guest with us to present the awards!

Focusing on the theme of sustainability, our Youth Committee judges were looking for schools to tell us the story of their partnership – where it has come from and where it is going.

We asked schools to be as creative as they liked!

It be in any format as long as it was based around the theme of sustainability and we encouraged schools to think about using the Partnership Principles as a way of reflecting on their partnership as well.

We encouraged groups to enter as a partnership, working with their partner school(s) in Malawi on their entry so that it truly reflected their story of working together. 

Award winners received certificates shared with their partner schools in Malawi thanks to our colleagues at MaSP, as well as professional photos from the day with William Kamkwamba to display in school.

Here's our final list of winners:

  • Penicuik High School – Namadzi CDSS
  • George Watson's College – St Andrews Secondary School & Palm Beach School
  • The Mary Erskine School – The Edinburgh Girls High School
  • St Margaret's High School – Chisitu CDSS
  • St Maurice's High School – Nkhamenya Girls Secondary School
  • Special award for best profile on SMP website – 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys' Brigade - Pasani and Nansato Primary Schools


Scotland Malawi Partnership School Partnership Awards 2019


We are delighted that William Kamkwamba – innovator, entrepreneur and inspiration for Netflix hit 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' – flew specially to Scotland to be with us to hand out the awards.

Focusing on the theme of sustainability, our Youth Committee judges looked for schools to tell us the story of their partnership – where it has come from and where it is going.

See our news story for more details.

Congratulations to all our winners!