Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa


Where we work

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Link Community Development International is based in Edinburgh and provides support to Link Community Development's activities across sub-Saharan Africa. Link Community Development International actively raises funds for our programme work via a range of fundraising events and initiatives.

Supporting School Improvement in Malawi (SSIM)

The Supporting School Improvement in Malawi (SSIM) project has enabled stakeholders at school, district and central levels of the education system to understand how their schools are performing and has empowered them to plan effectively for school improvement. As a result of this project 105,746 girls and 107,520 boys in Dedza are attending schools with more informed teachers and school governing bodies, more supportive and empowered communities, and better trained Primary Education Advisors.

Research on Gender Policy and Girls' Education

With funding from Comic Relief, Link undertook action research on girls’ education in Malawi. We are investigated existing gender-based education policy, the structures in place to disseminate and implement such policy, what data is being collected on gender at national and district levels, how this is being used, and the gender-specific barriers which currently impact on girls’ participation and engagement in education in Dedza.

Tackling Education Needs Inclusively

TENI (Tackling Education Needs Inclusively)  which is mainly funded by Comic Relief UK, seeks to achieve systemic change in basic education by improving retention, transition, completion and quality of basic education for disadvantaged children, particularly girls and children with disability. The key strategy is to work with schools, communities and District Assemblies.

Passport to Education

Launched in September 2012, this new and exciting campaign replaces our current Link Schools Programme and engages with schools via new platforms and projects. Our priority is to deliver a sustainable, high quality Development Education programme which offers real value to schools while enabling them to take action to improve education in Africa.


For more information on Passport to Education please click here

Link Schools Programme

The Link Schools Programme, currently funded by the EU, will close in December 2012. The programme enables schools to form a partnership with a rural school in Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa or Uganda. This has been an excellent tool for bringing a global dimension to teaching and learning. The principles learnt in implementing the Link Schools Programme will be applied to the new Passport to Education campaign.

Malawi School Solar Network (MSSN)

The Malawi School Solar Network provided solar power, laptops with internet connection and IT training to 15 primary schools in the Dedza district of Malawi. Teachers at these isolated, rural schools used to spend hours travelling to deliver reports or access support from the District Education Office. Now up to date information is shared by email. Teachers use the internet to find teaching aids to improve the learning experience in their classrooms, and receive advice and professional development from their local Primary Education Advisor.

Katakwi School Improvement Project (KSIP)

Katakwi pupils

To improve the quality of education in conflict-affected Katakwi district, this project focuses on both educating parents about their rights and responsibilities and enabling parents’ access to schools to learn about current school performance and plans to improve it. It promotes effective and inclusive school planning, community engagement in education, use of school performance data to inform education planning. This project will improve the quality of education available to over 53,000 pupils in 75 schools in Katakwi. 

Audio Visual Materials for Social Change

In early 2014, Link Community Development Ethiopia worked with partner agency Whizz Kids Workshop to develop local language audio-visual materials exploring the barriers girls face to attending and achieving in school. A group of girls from all the project target areas were selected to write the scripts and receive basic training in film production. The topics include domestic chores, early marriage, status of girls' education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and menstruation. The footage was shot on site in schools located in rural Wolaita Zone of south-western Ethiopia.

woreda school improvement project

Link supported implementation of the Ministry of Education’s School Improvement Programme (SIP), which forms part of the General Education Quality Improvement Package. We aligned our work with the government’s SIP in order to generate learning which is applicable to government frameworks. Excitingly, the SIP and Link have very similar aims and processes, and there are clear areas where our organisational learning can add value.

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