The Canon Collins Trust has announced that it is currently managing a scholarship programme on behalf of Mrs Graça Machel. The key aim of the Graça Machel Scholarship Programme is to help provide the human resources necessary for economic, social and cultural development in the Southern African region and to develop an educated and skilled workforce that can benefit the wider community. In order to achieve this aim, this programme will provide a minimum of 60 postgraduate scholarships to female students from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa in both South Africa and the UK.

The majority of the scholarships will be for study in South Africa. It is hoped that by providing opportunities to study at postgraduate level, these scholarships will empower women and to equip them to take up leadership positions in order to have a direct impact in the communities, nations and region in which they live.

Malawian women, where are you? This is your chance to get postgraduate qualifications. If Malawian women can take up not less than 15 Graça Machel Scholarships, it would be so nice. I, therefore, encourage you ladies to apply in mass. If you happened to be my student at some point, I am more than ready to write a reference letter for you. If you can’t apply, spread the word to others. Don’t be selfish. Emulate my example!

Postgraduate studies can disrupt family life, as my big brother Victor Kaonga and others will tell you, but it is just for a time. Good things will come your way once you finish. Ask me! 🙂