Government cash will help girls in Malawi learn computer skills

Thousands of girls in Malawi will learn computer skills, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.

A project that will train and equip 80 teachers in the African country to teach digital literacy is one of 18 initiatives that will receive a share of £450,000.

It will help 9,000 girls, who would normally not receive an education because of their gender, disability or where they live, to learn vital skills, the Scottish Government said.

The cash, from the Small Grants fund, will also help a project working to improve paediatric care training for student nurses in Malawi, as well as going to an initiative that provides additional training for emergency workers in Central Zambia.

International development minister Ben Macpherson said the fund helped projects that demonstrated a “commitment to enhancing Scotland’s role as a good global citizen”.

He added: “Scotland is proud to be an internationalist, outward-looking country, and over the last six years this programme has enabled Scottish organisations to make a significant impact and help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

“Partnership working is fundamental to the success of this programme, providing an opportunity for Scottish organisations to build their capacity for international development work and, crucially, to work closely with their in-country partners to promote capacity building, learning and delivery on the ground.”

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