Primary School education is free and available to all. Secondary education, however, is not free in Malawi. It costs £8 per child per year to go to school.
The average income for an adult in Malawi is less than 96p per day and that must support a whole family, so you can see that school fees are prohibitive for many.
Local head teachers identify disadvantaged or orphaned children for whom secondary education would otherwise be out of the question.
Last year we paid 300 bursary fees and this year 2018/19 we want to enable an additional 40 students to access the scheme.
We receive monthly attendance and exam reports from the head teachers on each sponsored child and good attendance is a prerequisite of the continuation of fee payment.