Alison Cameron Scholarships

July 16, 2017 by No Comments | Category International Development, Malawi

The Scottish Government will fund scholarships to support 25 female students to access education in Malawi, International Development Minister Alasdair Allan confirmed.

The funding, routed through the Mamie Martin Fund, will support 23 girls to go to secondary school and two women to attend university in Malawi.

The scholarships are named after Alison Cameron from Irvine, a patron of the Mamie Martin Fund, who has worked with her husband Colin for 60 years to build and maintain civil society and governmental links between Malawi and Scotland. Alison and Colin met the Mamie Martin Fund this week to officially launch this programme.

Colin Cameron was elected to the Nyasaland Legislative Council in 1961, along with the first Africans elected to government in Malawi. He served as Minister of Works and Transport and Minister of Transport and Communications before returning to Scotland in 1994, when he became Honorary Consul of Malawi. Colin and Alison were guests of honour at the Malawian Independence celebrations on July 6 at the invitation of Professor Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi.

The Scottish Government already funds scholarships for women and girls in Pakistan, and provided scholarships in Malawi as part of the David Livingstone 150 anniversary celebrations in 2013. Today’s announcement provides up to £50,000 to support the Alison Cameron scholarships.

International Development Minister Alasdair Allan, said:

“Scotland is a good global citizen, committed to playing our part to help some of the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people out of poverty.

“The Scottish Government believes that education is a basic human right. But for far too many girls and women in developing countries, poverty is undermining their right to learn and secure a bright future.

“These scholarships will support 25 girls in Malawi to overcome that barrier, enabling them to develop their knowledge and the confidence they need to improve their own lives and support their families.

“I commend Colin and Alison for their commitment and dedication: their story is an inspiration to us all and an excellent example of the solidarity and mutual friendship between our two countries.”

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Karonga Girls, Secondary School Library

Mamie Martin’s granddaughter, Mariot Dallas, said:

“The Mamie Martin Fund has been working with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) since 1993 to support girls in secondary schools in northern Malawi. Alison Cameron is our Scotland patron and she and Colin have always supported our work.

“We are delighted to have been asked by the Scottish Government to manage endowment scholarships in their name, as we continue to work towards helping women to change their lives, the lives of their families and their communities.”

David Hope-Jones OBE, Chief Executive of the Scotland Malawi Partnership said:

“We are delighted Colin and Alison Cameron are both being honoured by the Scottish Government in this way. Their 60 year friendship with Malawi is a powerful example of the shared living history Scotland and Malawi continue to enjoy. The scholarships will have a real positive impact in Malawi, and through the Mamie Martin Fund, more girls will have access to education.”


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