Scottish education secretary in week-long visit to Malawi

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell has landed in Malawi’s Capital Lilongwe for a weeklong working visit starting Monday, October 29.

Rusell, who is being supported by the British High Commission in Lilongwe, will, among others, represent his country during the annual Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation with the Malawian Government to further strengthen the special relationship between the two countries.

A press notice issued jointly by the British High Commission in Lilongwe and the Scottish Government says while in the country, Russel will during his tight week-long programme also unpack details of a Renewable Energy Assistance Programme.

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On Monday morning, the visiting educating secretary will tour New State House Primary School at Area 44 in Lilongwe where he will interact with students and teachers who are involved in the Eurotalk Project.

Russell: Malawi visit

The Scottish Government provides funding to Eurotalk Project which uses digital
devices to help improve access to and availability of primary education in rural Malawi.

On Tuesday, he is expected to be at Madidi Lodge Hotel (Area Area 9) to meet key people in Malawi working on renewable energy and will also announce details of an
inter-governmental collaboration on the Malawi Renewable Energy Assistance Programme.

The following day, the Scottish education secretary will travel to Dedza where he is expected to forge new links with Malawi in the field of educational performance at a function scheduled for Chilamba Primary School in the district.

And later in the afternoon, he will be in the commercial capital Blantyre at Mandala House for a David Livingstone celebration project being undertaken jointly by Historic Scotland project and the Malawi.

On Thursday he will visit a Mary’s Meals school feeding project in Limbe where he will meet teachers and pupils from different schools who are benefitting from the programme which is being funded by the Scottish Government.

He will then drive to Zomba to visit Chancellor College, a constituent of the University of Malawi, as part of his government’s commitment to developing sustainable
partnerships with Malawi’s education sector.

While in Zomba the visiting Scottish alongside Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ephraim Mganda Chiume, will jointly hold a press conference where the two will issue a formal communiqué at the conclusion of the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation between Scotland and Malawi.

Head of Political and Public Affairs at the British High Commission Lewis Kulisewa told Nyasa Times that Russell will also have an audience with President Joyce Banda before flying back.

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