Scots eco-schools help light up Malawi during ‘Energy Month’


MSP Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs along with Deans Community High School pupils and teachers
MSP Humza Yousaf (centre) Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs along with Deans Community High School pupils and teachers

Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group today launches the education strand of its Scotland Lights up Malawi campaign – which aims to raise £2.020 million in 20 months and 20 days.

The group is raising funds to support Scotland’s efforts in tackling climate justice by investing in solar lights in Malawi and undertaking research into climate justice and educating children in both Scotland and Malawi.

The campaign was formally launched by MSP Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Minister for External Affairs & International Development along with Deans Community High School during eco-schools’ ‘Energy Month’.

The Scotland Lights up Malawi campaigns – which aims to raise the money by April 2016 – was launched with a £200,000 boost from Scot-Government.

During ‘Energy Month’ 20 clusters of schools (e.g. one high school with corresponding primary schools), will take part in the project, with pupils learning about Malawi life and education and teachers engaging in Scotland’s first accredited professional learning programme on the theme of climate change, social justice and learning for sustainability.

Yousaf said: “I’m delighted to formally launch the education strand of the Scotland Light’s Up Malawi climate justice initiative.

“The Scottish Government is committed to championing climate justice through our innovative Climate Justice Fund and we’ve contributed £200,000 of support for the Scotland Light’s up Malawi initiative.”

Kim Macmillan and Amy Fergusson, pupils from Deans Community High School and two Young Reporters for the Environment) – Adam Nicol and Howard Burdon – visited Scottish Parliament with their teacher, Brendan Parsons, to mark the launch along with the Minister.

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