Africa's development depends on strong leadership in key fields including health, education, governance, human rights and biodiversity. We award postgraduate scholarships to exceptional people from southern Africa who are leading change in their communities.
Only 6% of the potential tertiary education age group in Africa is enrolled in a tertiary institution, compared to a world average of 25.5%. Of the tiny percentage of people who reach university, an even smaller number are able to further their studies to postgraduate level in vital sectors such as public health, education and human rights law. People from marginalized backgrounds are usually excluded from this opportunity.
Since 1981 we have awarded over 3000 postgraduate scholarships to southern African scientists, human rights lawyers, civil servants, educationalists, doctors and other professionals. 96% of these have returned to their countries of origin and in many cases they were the first, or only, people filling their posts: for example, Malawi's first female ornithologist and Swaziland's only eye doctor. We monitor the progress of our alumni who now form a network of 3000 professionals across the region.
Our scholars have gone on to be agents of change at community and national level.
Past scholars include: Joyce Piliso-Seroke (1985), who became the chair of South Africa's Commission on Gender Equality; Peter Katjavivi (1985), who estbalished Namibia's first university; Grace Chipalo-Mutati (2005), Consultant Ophthalmologist and Head of the Eye Unit at Lusaka's University Teaching Hospital; and Dewa Mavhinga (2006), Southern Africa Advocacy Coordinator for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition.
"Canon Collins Trust has been at the forefront of supporting education in southern Africa as a tool for liberation and development." - Dr Maano Ramutsindela, Alumnus & Chair of South African Board
Total Funding Received to Date: £100
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £7,642
Total Funding Goal: £7,742
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