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Glasgow 2014: Unicef handed legacy funding

The money will be used for projects in Malawi and Bangladesh. Picture: Contributed

The money will be used for projects in Malawi and Bangladesh. Picture: Contributed

  • by LYNSEY BEWS
 

Two projects aimed at helping children in Bangladesh and Malawi have been given £750,000 of funding as part of efforts to create an international legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The money for the Unicef projects has been provided jointly by the Scottish Government and Sport Relief.

The project in Bangladesh will work to prevent child labour by providing cash transfers to families of vulnerable children to ensure they finish school and are not sent out to work before they are ready.

The Malawi project helps young people develop the skills they need to find jobs.

Speaking at the Beyond the Games conference on Commonwealth values in Glasgow, external affairs minister Humza Yousaf said: “By funding these two projects in conjunction with Sport Relief, the Scottish Government is practically demonstrating our support for human rights throughout the Commonwealth and our commitment to being a good global citizen.

“Both projects focus on improving the life chances of children and young people, who are the key to sustaining the legacy beyond the Games.

“Whether it is preventing child labour in Bangladesh, or helping young people in Malawi gain the skills and training they need to get a job and improve their lives, these projects will open up a world of opportunities many of us take for granted and give young people a chance to make their own future.”

 

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