Youth Festival 2021

3 Feb 2021



Engaging young people across Scotland and Malawi to lead the conversation on Climate Change, and Race and Equality

The 2021 Scotland Malawi Partnership Digital Youth Festival is a week of engaging online events and activities, designed by young people, to inspire and support more young people in Scotland and Malawi to engage in our historic partnership. Centering around the key themes of Climate Change, and Race and Equality, the week will provoke, challenge and inspire.

For young people, we have a range of youth-led webinars, podcasts, competitions and our brand new Youth Committee-run Instagram @scotmalawiyouth. For schools, we recognise the immense challenges faced this year, and are offering a showcase of commissioned Global Education resources from specialist partners, and teacher training, to use anytime throughout 2021. All schools are welcome to get involved from Scotland and Malawi, whether you have an existing link or not.

Running from 15-19th March, the week will be both a celebration of our countries’ relationship, and a deeper look into some of the complex issues that underlie it. Whether you are a pupil, teacher, student, young person or even a professional interested in youth opinion, we invite you to join us for this vibrant and engaging week.

If you have any questions about the Youth Festival, we welcome you to contact our Youth & Schools Officer, Luisa on luisa(at)


How to get involved

There's LOTS happening during the 2021 Youth Festival and plenty of ways to get involved...

1. Join Live - Book now! Join youth-led discussions through our online events.

2. Follow - Now Live! Our brand new Youth Committee-led Instagram channel: @scotmalawiyouth

Launching during the Youth Festival:

3. Learn & Develop - Downloadable Global Education resources for teachers, youth leaders and educators.

4. Win - Anyone aged 5-24 years, try out a new language or dance and win £100’s of prizes!

5. Tune In - Listen to 3 podcasts led by young Scottish and Malawian voices on Climate Change, Race & Equality and Climate Justice…

Join Live

Open to all - Sign up open!

There's lots of ways to join us live during the 2021 Youth Festival. First off, remember to follow the Youth Committee on Instagram here to join in with Instagram Live Broadcasts and be sure to follow us on Twitter for our Youth Festival Take Over day. 


Join our Youth Committee and friends for 3 live evening discussions on Climate Change, Race & Equality and Climate Justice.


Meet the Scottish and Malawian Climate Leaders...


Youth-Led Webinars

Join our Youth Committee and friends for 3 live evening discussions on Climate Change, Race & Equality and Climate Justice.

Kathy & Chifundo – Climate Change: Tuesday 16th March, 6-7pm (UK Time)


“We are at war! The enemy looks stronger, eager to wreak havoc! Have you seen him? Just look into the mirror. The face you see is your greatest adversary. Ironically, it's also the same face that can end this war. How? Simple! Dedication to contribute to  Sustainable Development Goal Number 13… Yes! Urgent action against Climate Change!”


Ryan & Josephine – Race & Equality: Wednesday 17th March, 6-7pm (UK Time)


"Race and Equality are by far topics that bring people from different backgrounds and cultures together, sharing their voices with the aim to reach one goal : Unity.

Join us, Ryan and Josephine (two members of the SMP Youth Festival team) as we discuss some key issues that youth today are facing with regards to the topic. The webinar will capture thoughts from various guest speakers from both Scotland and Malawi so if you’re looking for a chance to hear determined vibrant youth challenge our current day race and equality status quo, join in!"



Dani Lagus & Friends – Climate Justice: Thursday 18th March, 6-7pm (UK Time)


“From a range of young perspectives, this webinar will address questions like: How can we promote open dialogue between young people in different contexts? What misconceptions might hinder the potential value of partnership in climate efforts? What does ‘Black Lives Matter’ mean for Malawi’s climate efforts?”



Meet the Young Climate Leaders in Scotland and Malawi

Meet and greet with the young people making change now and already shaping tomorrow in Scotland and Malawi.

Join our ‘lunchtime shorts’ to meet the Young Climate Leaders’ during the Youth Festival week - talk to young leaders in Scotland and Malawi about what they are already doing about climate change and what they want for the future. 

1-1.45pm UK / 3-3.45pm Malawi 

Mon 15th / Wed 17th / Fri 19th March 

Booking coming soon.

In the meantime we welcome you to watch this fantastic music video calling for #climateaction, produced by Young Climate Leaders from our sister organisation, The Malawi Scotland Partnership and the 2050 Climate Group.

Webinars will be recorded, with all highlights shared on YouTube so you can watch live, or whenever convenient.


Learn & Develop

Teachers, Youth Leaders & Educators - Launching during Youth Festival week.

We understand the last year has been like none other for schools and youth groups in both Scotland and Malawi, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to take part in this year’s Youth Festival in light of the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.

That’s why we’re featuring a range of engaging member organisations to create some specially commissioned resources on our key topics of Race & Equality and Climate Change. These can be downloaded and delivered any time that suits you within 2021. The material is suitable for home-learning and the classroom.

All we would ask is that you share the link to colleagues who are not already engaged with the SMP to allow them to see what we have to offer as we strive to engage the Global Citizens of tomorrow.

All resources released on Day 1 of the Youth Festival, 15th of March, and available until the end of the year.

If you do happen to find you would like a live workshop, we are able to connect you with your chosen organisation(s) directly to organise this. Please contact our Youth & Schools Officer, Luisa on luisa(at) to be put in touch.


School & Youth Group resources:

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Social Enterprise Academy - taking positive action on climate change

Age range TBC


Children in Permaculture - Dreaming the perfect education for Earth care, People Care and Fair Share

11-18 years


Keep Scotland Beautiful – Building a Fairer World

All ages TBC

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Fair Trade Scotland – Fair Food Detectives!        

11-14 years  


ScotDEC - Global Learning through Film

9-13 years



Teacher & Youth Leader Development:

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David Livingstone Trust and WoSDEC - David Livingstone and Global Citizenship

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Fair Trade Scotland – Partnership with Purpose


Keep Scotland Beautiful – Building a Fairer World

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Neno Macadamia Trust - Climate Smart Macadamia Agroforestry - Adaptation to build smallholder farmers’ resilience


Children in Permaculture - How Children in Permaculture resources can help you find climate friendly solutions

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Social Enterprise Academy - a tool to support equitable partnerships

Based on teacher feedback, and the uniquely challenging situation schools are under, we moved from live content to pre-recorded video units which schools can use whenever and however they wish.  However, if teachers would like a live engagement during the Festival, or thereafter, they are welcome to contact Luisa on luisa(at) and we can put them in contact with the facilitators and see what is possible.


Everyone aged 24 years and under - Launching during Youth Festival week

£100’s of prizes to be won! Try a language or dance that you have never tried before and win! 1st prizes for each will be vouchers worth £100, and 2nd prizes will be vouchers worth £50. 

All best entries will also be considered for features on our @scotmalawiyouth Instagram page, with your permission.


Gaelic-Chichewa Competition

Ever tried to speak Chichewa, the language spoken in many parts of Malawi? Did you know that in parts of Scotland we can speak a language called Gaelic?

Watch our Youth Committee and friends’ challenge videos on Instagram and give one a try to be in with a chance to win…

Competition launching Monday 15th March.


ScotMalawi Dance Competition

We all know that Malawi is famous for its acrobatic dancers, but can they really do a Scottish Highland fling? Can young people in Scotland even start to match the incredible moves of our friends in Malawi? It’s time for a dance-off!

Watch our Youth Committee and friends’ challenge videos on @scotmalawiyouth Instagram and give one a try to be in with a chance to win…

Competition Launching Tuesday 16th March.


SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES: Make a video of yourself giving one of the dances or languages your best attempt and tag us on Instagram using @scotmalawiyouth / #scotmalawiyouth or sending direct on Whatsapp/email to Luisa: +44 7852 212972 / luisa@scotland-malawipartnership

Closing date: 12pm UK time / 2pm Malawi time 18th April 2021

Winners will be chosen by the Youth Committee Festival team and awarded based on best efforts to impress!


Tune In

Open to all - Launching during the Youth Festival week

Listen to 3 podcasts led by young Scottish and Malawian voices on current hot topics…

·        What do young people in Scotland and Malawi think about Race & Equality, Climate Change and Climate Justice?

·        What are their feelings about the future?

·        What do they want to feel empowered to do…

These three dynamic podcasts are all led by Members of the Scotland Malawi Partnership Youth Committee and friends.

Podcasts are planned, organised and recorded by members of the Youth Committee Festival Team. They launch an exciting year-long series of podcasts from the Scotland Malawi Partnership as a whole.




Open to all - Follow now!

We are proud to launch our brand new Scotland Malawi Partnership Youth Instagram channel, run by the Youth Committee showcasing what young people are doing and talking about in both countries today! 


Find the live @scotmalawiyouth Instagram below...





@scotmalawiyouth Instagram Live Feed