The gift of – and the right to – education

Education is a human right; it should not be a privilege. Young people can be the change they want to see in the world. It’s just that in many developing countries, young leaders do not always have the means to continue with their education and reach their full potential.

Today, Watipa joins thousands of others around the world in the celebration of Human Rights, as we stand strong in our commitment to making education more accessible to young leaders in developing countries.

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Meet a Vet: Pemphero Kachule from Malawi, Watipa scholar 2016

Pemphero Kachule from Malawi is completing a 4-year Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Like some of our other Watipa scholars, he was negatively affected by staff striking at his university earlier this year but nevertheless has been getting on with his studies and doing lots of community work. In this blog, Pemphero explains his study into rural smallholder farmers, how they generate funds for their children’s education and his work to help them raise their income… Continue reading “Meet a Vet: Pemphero Kachule from Malawi, Watipa scholar 2016”

The future will be bright

The Watipa scholarship review committee is reading through hundreds of applications at the moment, as we shortlist for the new scholarships that we will be awarding in just a few weeks…. it is an exciting, daunting, hopeful and very busy time for Watipa.

I have just read in one of the applications that “the future will be bright.” Based on the applications we have received, I am certain that it will.  Continue reading “The future will be bright”

Meet a scholar: Naomi Nyasulu, Malawi

“In 2018, I plan to go further with the knowledge gained in my studies to identify problems that fish farmers face here and the possible solutions.”

Two years into her BSC in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science, Naomi is proud both of her academic success – passing all modules – and the community work she done with the Malawi Department of Fisheries to help farmers construct ponds, learn about and “be successful in fish farming”. Continue reading “Meet a scholar: Naomi Nyasulu, Malawi”

Meet a scholar: Prudence Chavula, Malawi

“This is just the beginning – I won’t rest until my community is fully developed in terms of education, health and empowerment.”

Prudence has recently started her second year of study in Public Administration at the University of Malawi, with the current semester focussing on different strands of psychology, “very important for a person who is into community work”.

That is something of an understatement – over the past year Prudence has shown her dedication to her community in many different ways including; training over 1500 women and girls to make reusable sanitary pads, fundraising for 40 school uniforms and 450 shoes, mentoring girls in 6 local secondary schools and supporting 20 girls back to school who had dropped out due to poverty or early marriage.

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Meet a scholar: Kyendikuwa Francis, Uganda

“Being a Watipa scholar has helped me to extend my academic levels, I am persistent and personally determined to achieve my goals.”

Kyendikuwa is studying and working towards a future society that is job creating not job seeking. You can watch a short film he made for the Watipa film competition earlier this year on YouTube.

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Meet a scholar: Rose Aoko Omollo, Kenya

“Now my community see me as a role model and I to behave as one, I have become an inspiration to the young girls in my community being the first girl in my family to attend university.”

Rose is studying because “it is only through education that the African countries can be elevated from the vicious cycle of poverty.”

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Meet a scholar: Zingiri Amos Mwamlamba, Kenya

“Watipa has raised my hopes of achieving my goal to support my community to access quality education, clean water and food through the scholarship and believing my objectives can be achieved”.

Amos is studying to become a great civil engineer so he can support his community to access “quality education, clean water and food.” You can watch a short film Amos made for the Watipa film competition on YouTube.

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Meet a scholar: Mariam Nassaka, Uganda

“2017 has been my year of extraordinary things…now I can see and touch the things I used to watch in my dreams.”

Nassaka is studying so she can help her community overcome social problems and provide rights-based mentorship to other women and girls. You can watch a short film she made for the Watipa film competition on YouTube.

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Meet a scholar: Emmanuel Boateng Duah, Ghana

“Watipa is doing a really great job in giving young Africans the hope and aspiration to be what they want to be.”

Emmanuel is studying for a diploma and he wants to use his skills to “help communities to solve their problems.” You can watch a short film Emmanuel made for the Watipa film competition earlier this year on YouTube.

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