This article appeared in issue 12 (May 10 2012) of the Glasgow Journal. Malawi May 2012 was launched on April 30 2012.
Diners-out in Glasgow can do their bit for charity this month as a new partnership aims to raise over £10,000 for education in Africa.
Throughout the month of May every meal booked through Glasgow Restaurant Association’s website, Glasgow Dinearound, will contribute money towards Malawian children’s education.
The Association’s members, together with online restaurant booking and deals website 5pm.co.uk, have pledged their support to Malawi Leaders of Learning.
This collaboration between Glasgow City Council’s education services and Malawi’s south west educational division – where the city of Blantyre is located – aims to improve education and teaching in the south-east African country.
Despite primary education in Malawi being well-attended, only 35 percent of children progress to secondary education.
Glasgow has been associated with Malawi for a number of years, and many of the city’s schools are twinned with Malawian counterparts.
Nearly 50 Glasgow eateries including Ashton Lane’s Ubiquitous Chip, Di Maggio’s in both the city centre and West Nile Street, and Merchant City’s Dhabba are all participating in this year’s scheme.
It is hoped the project will raise £12,000 to buy a motorbike and first year’s salary for a new project manager to work between schools in the south west region of Malawi.
Chairman of Glasgow Restaurant Association Ryan James said: “It makes perfect sense for Glasgow restaurateurs not to give money to Glasgow, but to a very Glasgow-based charity which is doing such fine work in Malawi.”
Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education at Glasgow City Council, said: “Our project is about sharing Glasgow’s vast experience and knowledge to improve the education of children and young people in Malawi.
“This is not about us providing food or replacing something that they have in Malawi. This is about helping Malawian people to help themselves.”