Scholarship Ripples: Dorothy Kabvala's story

“After graduating, I taught at Soche Technical College in Blantyre. Apart from teaching I was entrusted with other responsibilities, including being a boarding mistress. I also served in a strategy development team, where we focused on development, monitoring and evaluation of the strategic plan of the school.

As you will see from the pictures, today I am building a school. It will be officially opening this month; but has already started with a summer term in August. We decided to build a school because we want to help promote girls education. In the area where the school is there are a lot of teenage girls and orphans who have dropped out of school.

In honour of Dr Bird, my husband and I will name our multimedia facility at our new school, the “Elizabeth Bird Library and Computer Lab”.

Your generous contribution helped make my vision a reality, and has inspired me to help others and give back to my community. We hope to register underprivileged students on scholarship, girls in particular, as a way of helping them achieve their goals.”


About the Elizabeth Bird Scholarship at Chancellor’s College, University of Malawi

“Liz’s legacy continues in so many ways.” Michael Bird

On July 10, 2010, the much loved and dedicated educationalist, Dr Elizabeth Bird died tragically. In her memory, the Elizabeth Bird Resource Centre was established at the University of Malawi. Dr Bird’s widower, Michael Bird, also sponsored Dorothy Kabvala, a postgraduate student doing her Master’s in Education. In 2019 and 2020, two more Elizabeth Bird scholarships for promising Education scholars at Chancellors College will be offered.

If you would like to talk to someone about leaving a scholarship in memory of a departed loved one, contact Stuart Craig Read about Elizabeth Bird.