School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

Psychology hosts Food for Thought in Malawi

The work of the charity MamaLita, which champions quality education in Malawi, will be highlighted at a celebratory event featuring the founder of Mary’s Meals

Psychology at the School of PPLS  is hosting an event celebrating MamaLita from 4.30pm on Tuesday 5 June in the Psychology Building, 7 George Square.


University supporters

Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience Sergio Della Sala manages the MamaLita project which involves running a school as well as setting up a college in Malawi.

Sergio Della Sala

The event is supported by the University’s Principal Peter Mathieson, who will be opening the event, and the Head of CAHSS Dorothy Miell, who will conclude the event. 

Access to food and education

Talks from project partners will highlight issues surrounding world hunger and providing quality education in Malawi.

Miriam Brazzelli from the University of Aberdeen will discuss the global issue of child food insecurity, whilst the founder and manager of the MamaLita School in Malawi, Rita Milesi, will share her experience looking after vulnerable children and setting up the School.

Edinburgh’s Clinical Psychologist Corinne Reid will then discuss the power of collaboration involved in setting up the MamaLita project. 

Finally, the keynote address from the founder of Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, will talk about how Mary’s Meals tackles world hunger.

What’s important to us is the hungry child. When there are hungry children in front of us today, we’re going to feed them, and at the same time we’re going to work on the solution to getting them fed in the long term, creating a global movement of people who believe in this vision. 

Magnus MacFarlane-BarrowFounder and Chief Executive of Mary’s Meals

Our Vision | Mary's Meals

Malawian music and Mary’s Meals

A light reception with Malawian music will follow the event where you are invited to sample versions of the food offered to the children at the MamaLita School by Mary’s Meals.

Event registration

Tickets are free and open to all, available on a first come first serve basis.

Event registration | MamaLita: Food for thought in Malawi 


MamaLita is a collaborative project set up by the non-governmental organisations Italian Scotland, Alleluya Care Centre (Malawi), University of Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University and Mary’s Meals.