Students with Dreams is a youth leadership programme that enables college students to develop innovative projects that address pressing social issues, and provides them with training, mentorship, and seed funding.
Students With Dreams
The first creative leadership programme of its kind for college students in Malawi, Students with Dreams inspires young leaders to become agents of change in society by: encouraging critical thinking and creative problem solving; cultivating skills in project design, implementation and management; and fostering inter-disciplinary collaboration and mutual support.
Through partnerships with Chancellor College, Domasi Teacher Training College, and Malawi College of Health Sciences, three to six student projects are implemented annually. Projects are chosen through an application and interview process. Once selected, Dreamers meet weekly throughout the academic year to brainstorm, share challenges and successes, offer feedback. and support one another in the design and implementation of their projects. Two Dreamers from the previous year serve as mentors, ensuring the programme’s sustainability.
Dreamer: Godfrey Kambewa
Featuring fashion made out of condoms to spark discussion and empower urban youth to take control of their sexual and reproductive health.
Dreamer: Isabel Kumwembe
Mobilizing college students and alumni to renovate local infrastructure.
Dreamers: Mike M'Bobo, Master Chayamba and Robert Tsamba
Fighting deforestation by planting trees in Traditional Authority Malemia, Zomba.
Dreamers: Tumeliwa and Bosco Chinkonda
Advocating for the rights of children with albinism
Dreamer: McFerson Ndalama
Providing an online platform to exhibit Malawian art.
Dreamers: Frank Kaliati and Andrea Kadammanja
Promoting artistic self-expression in theatre, music, and dance by students with disabilities.
Dreamer: Rodney Likau
University students teaching music to secondary school students in Zomba, culminating in a musical concert on campus.
Dreamer: Elita Chamdimba
Motivating and inspiring secondary school girls by pairing them with a college role model.
Dreamer: Mimie Nankhuni
Featuring inspirational stories and thought-provoking articles by and for students.
Dreamers: Martin F Banda & Noel Sande
Promoting nutrition through art and theatre.
Dreamer: Joseph Namphini
University Students for Adult Education Fund helps adults who dream of completing their educations go back to school.
Dreamers: Alinafe Gama & Ellen Kafuwa
Using participatory drama to spark inclusive discussions on gender-based violence and sexual assault.
Dreamers: Vera Banda and Faless Jeremiah
Boosting young people's self-confidence through spoken word and music.
Dreamers : Tiyamike Kaimilira, Chifundo Mchecheta and Hassan Ibrahim
Raising awareness on cervical cancer and providing a platform for cervical cancer screening to women in Zomba.
Dreamers in Residence
A number of Dreamer projects have grown into full-fledged campaigns, programmes, or organisations. After successfully completing Students with Dreams, Dreamers can apply to the Dreamers in Residence Programme. Dreamers in Residence receive an additional year of mentorship and guidance to facilitate the transition of Dreamer projects into independent initiatives.