Projects - Economy - Training
Even the minority of young people who manage to complete secondary schooling find it difficult to get a job because they do not have vocational or other employment related skills. There are only a small number of colleges in Malawi and few government funded places to enable further study.
There is no college in Dedza District but Salima Technical College, located at Senga Bay on the shore of Lake Malawi, is a few miles north of the district. The college offers courses in vocational subjects - carpentry, bricklaying, motor mechanics - and business studies. It accepts fee paying students for courses that are the equivalent of a City and Guilds Certificate.
We assist this college and enable young people from Dedza to study there. We help the college with textbooks, computer advice, teacher training, etc. For example, City College Norwich sent out redundant library books relevant to the courses at Salima. In recognition of this help, the College provides a 50% discount on its tuition fees.
The Partnership provides a scholarship that pays boarding, tuition and exam fees and buys the required protective boots and clothing. We also provide some money for travel and other costs and give support when the students are on work experience attachment with employers. The students are from poor backgrounds and are chosen by the network of youth groups in Dedza.
A scholarship costs about £1500 over the three year duration of the course. We would be grateful for any donations towards this. Information on how to make a donation is given on the How You Can Help page.