Helping children in Malawi: the Scottish Government’s small grants programme

September 8, 2017 by No Comments | Category International Development, Malawi

Small Scottish-based international development organisations looking to expand their work in the Scottish Government’s partner countries, and beyond, can now apply for funding through the 2018 Small Grants Programme.

Now in its fifth year, the Programme has provided 46 grants worth £1.8 million, aiding 40 Scottish NGOs to deliver projects in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Cerebral Palsy Africa, working with their partner Montfort Special Needs Education Teacher Training College in Malawi, were one of the beneficiaries of the 2014/2017 funding round.

Read their blog and find out more about the impact the grant had in helping children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) to go to school.

The Scottish Government’s small grants funding is making a huge difference for children, teachers and lecturers at Montfort Special Needs Education Teacher Training College, enabling children with CP to go to school and allowing teachers and lecturers to better support them in the classroom thanks to the development of Appropriate Paper-based Technology (APT) chairs and standing frames.

Teachers trained by local facilitators on how to produce APT appliances

Now in its final year, the funding provided to Cerebral Palsy Africa has enabled the College to open a new CP course for the student teachers in the learning difficulties department. In addition, specialist teachers from across Malawi have been trained in APT production and management of children with CP. Teachers who were trained through this project were able to open new CP resource centers in schools and train parents and stakeholders to produce APT equipment and meet the individual needs of the children through the awareness workshops.

The small grants funding is making a tangible impact on the lives of the people in our community: since the project started in 2014, the stigma attached to children with CP has markedly reduced in many communities in Malawi. Children with CP have been enrolled in many of the newly APT equipped schools across the country and are now fulfilling their right to education.

Before her teacher made a booster seat for her wheelchair, this girl preferred to write while kneeling on the floor. Now she is comfortable and supported and enjoys writing while leaning on the tray

Read more on the Scottish Government’s website.

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