EDUCATION

There is Hope values education as a transformational tool that sharpens minds and a movable capital that can be utilized
wherever people end up in life. We support care givers in Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes,
provide scholarship funding for secondary and university studies, and offer vocational training courses
at our Dzaleka base. Our work is designed to benefit both refugees and local residents
from surrounding villages as a large portion of these populations
will struggle to access education.

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

University enrolment in Malawi is among the lowest in the world. Only 80 students per 100 000 enrol for higher education. Moreover, expensive fees often result in a large number of people not being able to continue with their college education. This is an even larger issue in rural areas where incomes are that much less.

We aim to increase the number of opportunities for both refugee and host community residents through our University Scholarship Programme. Each year we select applicants to pursue diplomas or degrees in Malawi’s universities. Malawi currently limits employment possibilities for refugees to medical and teaching careers. We believe that higher education provides either better social integration within the host country or better opportunities in the event of repatriation. Our hope is that these scholarships will prepare future leaders to make a positive contribution in their own communities. Our founder, Innocent Magambi is one such example of this.

Since 2009, we have sponsored more than 30 refugee men and women in our University Scholarship Programme. Our sponsorship covers tuition and boarding for degrees that take between two and four years. We also strive to provide moral support and encouragement along the way. In 2016 we expanded the scope of our work and included host community applicants.

SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

In Malawi a much larger number of girls drop out of primary and secondary school than boys. Circumstances such as assuming household responsibilities, unexpected pregnancies and early marriage often discourage girls from returning to education. These girls will often have to travel long distances through rural routes to arrive at school. Unfortunately, this makes them more susceptible to sexual harassment. Schools are often not equipped with acceptable sanitation or running water further discouraging attendance at schools. Finally, where families cannot afford for all their children to go to school sons are often prioritized over daughters.

The government of Malawi has been escalating programmes aimed at keeping the girl child in school through such initiatives at the European Union’s Improving Secondary Education in Malawi (ISEM).

In 2016 we launched the secondary school scholarship programme targeting Malawian girls living in the communities around Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Our first aim is to support those girls who are considered highly vulnerable (i.e. orphans or those with disabled parents). We support young girls in secondary education by providing her with a scholarship package that pays for her education and boarding.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT (ECD)

In Malawi, the local community plays a central role in providing education, health, and nutrition. Early Childhood Development (ECD) is a community based program for children from birth to eight years of age. Members of the community are asked to volunteer, as care givers, to instruct the children in preparation for primary school. Since 2013, There is Hope has supported 7 ECD initiatives.  We facilitate training to equip the caregivers for teaching small children and provide maize seeds and fertilizer to ensure the sustainability of their feeding programmes.

VOCATIONAL TRANING

The government provides vocational training through community colleges run by Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Training Authority (TEVETA). According to European Union, only 3% of secondary school graduates make it to TEVETA institutions.

Most working young adults learn occupational skills ‘on the job’.  Specific vocational training can improve upon these skills and equip individuals before they commence employment.

There is Hope offers accredited vocational training for the refugee and host community. The programme began in 2015 and currently offers courses in carpentry, bricklaying, tailoring, and photography. Courses take students through the theory and practical learning of their chosen vocations over a period of six months. Through these courses, we intend to provide skills that would enable these individuals to start their own businesses or seek employment. As of February 2017, 103 men and women have graduated from our Vocational Training School.