Changing the course of their lives - each year The Zambia Society Trust offers grants to a small number of students to pursue further studies on completion of their secondary education.
The Trust assists disadvantaged Zambian students to pursue educational, technical, vocational and training courses in Zambia at recognised and approved institutions. Short courses of six months and those of one or two years will be considered and also longer courses. However, grants are awarded for a maximum of two years and the final two years only will be supported on a longer course. The partial grants awarded will usually cover tuition and examination fees and sometimes accommodation costs. Consideration is given to applicants who have successfully started a course but have two more years to complete. The Trust supports young, able students to enable them to gain employment and also encourages practical courses in agriculture and trades.
The initial short list is drawn up by a Zambia-based advisory group, which takes into account the student's record and circumstances, the value, cost and length of the course, and issues of disability, gender and geographical location. Final selection is completed by the UK committee.
Funding is channelled directly to the Zambian institutions operating the courses. The annual funding available varies according to Trust funds but in recent years £11,000 has been allocated to support students pursuing courses including teaching, nursing, radiography, heavy equipment repair, metal fabrication, agriculture, fisheries, telecommunications, and journalism & public relations.
Students are very appreciative of the assistance received from the Trust.
Extracts from recent emails:
"I write with profound gratitude to your organisation for the support rendered to me during my final year of study at the University of Zambia. I am now the proud holder of a degree in special education which has been made possible by your support. As soon as I am employed it would give me joy to contribute to your organisation that was there for me, so that it can continue to offer its support to other individuals in need. Thank you very much for your support."
"I am in my third year now and currently working on the clinical area. In about two week's time we shall start going out for our neonatal and psychiatry experience, either in Ndola or Lusaka depending on the group I am put in and it will last for six weeks. Then we have a huge exam in March. It is called a mock hospital exam and helps assess how ready we are for the final exam which will be in May. Thank you very much."