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Chevening writeshops drill prospective scholars

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Individuals eligible for the British government Chevening scholarship can for the first time submit their applications with confidence following mentorship sessions taking place across the country.

The sessions dubbed ‘Writeshops’ are being run by Maphunziro 265 with support from the British High Commission (BHC) and are aimed at helping 2018/19 applicants with knowledge and skills needed in their application journey.

So far, they have been conducted at BHC in Lilongwe, St John Paul 2 Institute in Blantyre while Mzuzu will have them at the Grand Palace Hotel on September 23.

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Maphunziro 265 co-founder Chimwemwe Manyozo told The Daily Times that, so far, 254 individuals have been mentored through the writeshops which he said are proving useful to both first-time applicants and those attempting again.

“At the end, the writeshops will allow individuals to submit quality and complete application documents to the Chevening assessment committee. The response has been overwhelming and it is fulfilling to notice the level of interest and enthusiasm. The sessions are surely helping most people discover their strengths and weaknesses as well as general knowledge on key issues to consider when developing the applications,” he said.

Manyozo said the sessions, also being supported by the Chevening alumni, will also allow individuals to have their documents ready in time for peer review and full document submission.

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BHC said due to the competitive nature of the Chevening scholarships, the writeshops are a perfect platform to guarantee high-quality applications.

“If one wants to give his or her application an edge, these sessions are a must-attend for you. We certainly want as many high-quality applications from across Malawi as possible, so that brilliant and outstanding young Malawians, with leadership potential, have a chance to get world-class education in the UK,” said BHC Communications Officer Benson Linje.

Linje added that the sessions are practice-based as potential applicants hear experiences of Chevening alumni and learn how they made it through the process.

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