The Mamie Martin Fund supports the secondary education of girls in schools in Northern Malawi. Mercy Sibande explains why this work is so important.
We provide school fees for girls who have gained a place at one of our partner schools, but who cannot afford to pay their fees. In 2018/19 we are supporting 112 girls.
Currently, the annual school fees for each girl at a boarding school are £300. This cover tuition, boarding and textbook fees. Boarding schools in Malawi are not ‘elite’ – they are a necessary part of educational provision in terms of distance and personal safety of pupils. The fees at Mchengautuba are lower, £50.00 each year. because it is a Government Community Day School.
Numbers and places
In 2018/19, the Mamie Martin Fund has committed to supporting 89 girls:
15 girls at Elangeni Secondary school
33 girls at Karonga Girls’ Secondary School
34 girls at Bandawe Girls’ Secondary School
1 girl at Embangweni School for the Deaf
6 girls at Mchengautuba Community Day Secondary School
As well as supporting this core number of pupils, we are privileged to manage the Alison Cameron Scholarships on behalf of the Scottish Government. These scholarships, named in honour of our Scottish Patron, enable us to support a further 23 girls from 2017 to 2021.
In addition, two young women are receiving Alison Cameron Scholarships to study at university in Malawi through our partner, The Soko Fund. One of these young women is studying to be a nurse, like Alison Cameron herself, and the other a teacher.