One of the Malawi schools to feel the immediate benefit of its contact with Scotland is Minga community day school outside Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, which the First Minister visited last year.
The Scottish Executive has put in some funds, and the building is being renovated thanks to fundraising by Sanday School on Orkney, which is twinned with Minga. Pupils from both schools have visited each other's countries. Some of the journalists who accompanied Jack McConnell on his trip made their own contribution.
The total cost of the work is a mere pound;13,000. This includes an extension to the school, electrical installation, purchasing computers, putting in a telephone line, providing desks and chairs, and establishing a library and science laboratory.