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 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 accountancy and secretarial studies. It accepts fee paying students for courses that are the equivalent of a City and Guilds Certificate.
We have a project to 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 send out redundant library books relevant to the courses at Salima.
In recognition of this help, the College provides a 50% discount on its fees. The Partnership provides a scholarship and buys the required protective boots and clothing. This means that the students have to find only the remaining cost of 30,000 Malawi Kwacha (£66) a year. The students are from poor families and will normally have received a Norwich-Dedza Partnership bursary to get through secondary school. They obtain their part of the fees by working during the holidays or from their extended family or other benefactors.
Our scholarship costs about £150 a year. 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. If you would like to sponsor the full cost of a scholarship, we can provide a photo and details of the student.