Project information

Education Coordinator for Soko Scholars

The Soko Fund has been supporting women to gain access to higher education since 2004. We have had many successes with students becoming teachers and doctor. We would like to establish the Coordinator position to ensure that all students are supported and to attract potential students.

3 years

Charity information

The Soko Fund

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  • Need


    In Malawi, there are very few opportunities for women to gain access to education. To obtain higher education is even more difficult, yet such an education is so important for the women themselves, and their families, as well as for the development of Malawi itself. Educating women leads to improve social and economic status for their families and giving Malawi a new generation of qualified teachers and doctors allows essential development.


    Recruiting an Education Coordinator will reduce the risks of students dropping out by supporting them through the process. The Coordinator will also bring past and present students together to discuss ways that more women can access education, and the most effective way to use the studentships. Finally, and importantly, the Coordinator will encourage young women who have completed secondary school to dream of going to university. This is Malawi's future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To recruit an Education Coordinator to establish the Soko Fund network


    » We will recruit an individual with extensive knowledge of the higher education system in Malawi
    » We will establish the Soko Fund network, ensuring that past and present beneficiaries of the Soko studentships are included

    Success will be an Education Coordinator in position who will establish the network and ensure the existing students are supported effectively and that new students are attracted.

    Aim 2

    To offer 5 studentships to female secondary students who had not even applied to university


    » The Education Coordinator will research and identify schools in Malawi where female students have the greatest barriers to higher education.
    » The Coordinator will visit the schools to raise awareness of the support available from the Soko Fund.
    » The Coordinator will identify appropriate students and support them to complete the application process for university entrance.

  • Impact


    The project will ensure that Malawi has a greater number of professionals working in its public and private sectors, which will contribute to the development of the country as a whole. We will demonstrate this success by monitoring the change in social and economic status of the students we support, as well as their success in finding employment within education, health, agriculture, and business sectors. The Coordinator will be pivotal in carrying out this evaluation.


    There is a risk that we are unable to recruit an appropriately qualified individual to this position. However, we have reduced this risk by establishing a good network of contacts with the Malawian higher education system, which will help in identifying high quality candidates.
    A second risk is that students receiving the support drop out from their courses. In our experience, the reasons for high drop out rates is financial difficulties and once this is stable the drop out rate falls.


    The Coordinator will be required to produce a monthly report for the Board of Trustees and this will be made available. Donors will also receive reports from the Education Coordinator through our biannual newsletters and our facebook page, where donors can interact with the Coordinator.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £37,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,500 Salary (3 years) Salary for Education Coordinator
      £15,000 Hardship Fund 5 studentships for 4 year degree for those female students with greatest barriers
      £6,500 Administration Administration costs for supporting Coordinator and Hardship Fund
  • Background


    Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries, with a low life expectancy (56) and a high infant mortality. Per capita income in Malawi is $322 in comparison to the UK which is $36,120 (2010 UN). However, since 2007, Malawi has been progressing economically and with the education and health systems. This is the time to support Malawi to develop from within.


    The main beneficiaries from the project will be the women themselves who access higher education. There is considerable evidence to suggest that educating women not only improves their economic status but also improve the health and education of their children. Thus giving Malawi a stronger and better educated future generation. In this project, these women will also contribute to improved education, health and business sectors.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Soko Fund has successfully supported women to gain access to university in Malawi to study education, medicine, nutrition, and agriculture for the past 7 years. In that time, we have established good networks within the higher education system in Malawi.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Prof Leonard Kamwanja

    Prof Kamwanja has been working within the Malawian higher education system for the past 30 years. His experience will be key in delivering our aims.

    Prof Gordon Graham

    Prof Graham has over 35 years of working within higher education within the UK and USA. His knowledge will be key in delivering our aims.

    Ms Lindsay Graham

    Ms Graham has worked as a teacher in Malawi and is currently the Secretary to the Fund. She administers and liaises with the universities.

    Mr Brian Kerr

    Mr Kerr was the head of social work department in the UK and is now a consultant assessing the effectiveness of training in social care.