Beneficiaries and Desired Effects

Our Campaign’s Focus

Our campaign’s focus on the high school level is on:

  1. Those bright, hard-working girls and boys among the 13% of all high school students in Malawi that are unable to start high school education due to poverty
  2. Those motivated, hard-working high school students, boys and girls, that are already attending high school but are being chased out for nonpayment of school fees

Our campaign’s focus on the college level is on:

  1. Those motivated indigent young adults among the 0.03% who actually attend college that are forced to drop out due to nonpayment of fees
  2. Those among the remaining 99.97% of potential college students that have successfully completed high school and are eager to obtain a distance learning college degree or a traditional college degree but have given up due to lack of funds and other poverty-related issues
  3. Those motivated disabled students that are eager and ready to attend a residential or nonresidential college program or residential or nonresidential certificate/diploma program
  4. New and already enrolled able bodied and disabled students who cannot afford the entire tuition fees for either on-campus, distant college education or or a certificate/diploma in the case of disabled students

The Desired Effects of Our Campaign

On the high school level:

Providing scholarships for motivated, indigent high school students has great potential in as much as:

    • It gives motivated indigent students a chance to obtain a good high school education at an affordable community day high school or a community open high school
    • It challenges the government’s approach of placing high-achieving graduates from primary school in Malawi’s top-ranked boarding high school that are financially beyond the means of a great number of students
    • It changes, slowly but surely, the negative image of community day high schools as schools for the “average” and of community open (afternoon and evening) high schools as schools for the “underachievers” by systematically placing motivated, high-achieving indigent students in day and open (afternoon and evening) community high schools
    • It resettles indigent students from expensive schools in affordable schools in their mostly rural home villages and towns
    • It promotes community involvement of high school students through mandatory volunteer work in their home communities
    • It prepares indigent high school students for the pursuit of academic studies on the college level or for studies leading to professional certificates and diplomas

On the college level:

Scholarships for motivated indigent students on the college level achieve the following:

    • Equip indigent students with solid academic knowledge and skills
    • Prepare motivated indigent students for academic leadership in Malawi
    • Promote community-involvement of indigent students, who know first-hand what it means to be a poor villager
    • Contribute to and improve the “School for Life” continuing education model widely promoted in developing countries (Malawi being a case in point), which aims at making a positive impact on the economic and social well-being of motivated indigent learners of all ages in their communities by fostering entrepreneurship, health maintenance, budgeting and management skills, teamwork, problem solving, community and rural development, etc. The income-generating, social action-oriented self-help groups promoted by local NGOs are the vanguard of the promising movement toward continuing education for all on the community level. For successful outcomes in community-based continuing education for all, the leadership of college-trained graduates is an absolute must, in particular those graduates who, themselves, have come up from very humble backgrounds, much like the members of the above-mentioned self-help groups.