The Nchima Trust funds students through Secondary and Teriary Education.
Tertiary Education - The Trust supports a wide range of courses but the focus is largely on Medical qualifications. The cost of training a Doctor is approximately £2000. This is the total cost of fees for the 5 year course at Blantyre Medical College. The qualification is internationally recognised and students are able to work abroad. While the objective of the Trust is to train more Doctors for Malawi, the differential in remuneration and further training opportunities does mean that most graduates leave Malawi to work elsewhere, either in the US or Europe. However, many of our students have indicated that they have a strong desire to return to Malawi to work there and indeed one of our first students is about to return as a trained Paediatrician. This is an encouraging sign and justification for support to medical students. If enough are trained it is inevitable that in the long term Malawians will benefit.
Funding has also been made available for various other courses in Agriculture, Social Sciences, Law, Teaching, IT and others. Chancellor College provides the majority of these courses.
We also support a number of students at Comboni Technical Centre which covers carpentry, welding, metalwork and electrical skills.
All students are very enthusiastic and provide regular feedback to the Trust about their results and progress.
Secondary Education - each year the trust pay school fees for approximately 100 students. The cost of this is about £100 per student.