Project - Education - Bursaries
Any pupil who has overcome the poor facilities of primary school and won a place in secondary school will be determined and bright and deserves this life changing chance.
Malawi cannot afford to provide free secondary schooling and students have to pay fees. Some lose the opportunity to continue their education because they have no one who can afford the money needed for fees and also pay for school uniform, writing materials, etc. Many are orphans or have families who are subsistence farmers with no cash income. Fees are, on average, £29 for a local day school and £110 for boarding school.
The Dedza District Council has a budget to pay bursaries to such children. However, the needs far outstrip the resources. We have set up a fund to supplement this budget. The Social Welfare Department of the Council selects the recipients on the basis of need and sends the fees to the schools each term. It monitors the students' progress to ensure that resources are being directed to those who are progressing satisfactorily and will complete secondary schooling.
In order to assist the maximum number of children, the Council pays only the school fees and examination fees. Students generally find the money for uniform and other items from their extended family or a benefactor or try to earn money during the holidays. The Council will provide extra funds in cases of extreme hardship.
At present we are sending £4000 a year which funds 60 students.
Your donation can help to change the life of a child and the future for a nation.
We suggest a donation of £60 a year (£5 a month) per student but any amount is welcome. You can donate to the general fund or for an individual child. If you wish to sponsor an individual student for up to 4 years and would like feedback, please indicate on the form. We will provide initial details of the student and a progress report each year. Your details will not be passed on to the student. If you wish, you can start writing to the student but this would be your responsibility. When volunteers visit Dedza they can sometimes take a small gift from you in their luggage.
You can make regular payments or a one-off payment by Standing Order, e-transfer or cheque to -
Account: Dedza Bursaries
If you are a UK tax payer we can claim back from the Inland Revenue 25p for every £1 that you give at no cost to you. Please use the appropriate box on the form.
Please complete the form and send it as an email attachment or print it and post it, with any cheque, to -