R World has been working with the University of Nottingham and a grass roots African charity (the High Five Club) to create opportunities for students to carry out research in Zambia as part of their Master’s degree. To select students, we will consider the strength of their dissertation topic and how helpful their research would be to the local community on the ground in Zambia. We will also prioritise students who otherwise would not have the means to do research in Africa. This could be a life changing experience and possibly the stepping stone to a career working for the benefit of disadvantaged communities in the developing world.
A by-product of our liaisons with these two organisations is that students will benefit from the first-hand knowledge of working in Africa from the High Five Club’s Founder. A Q&A session has already been arranged and we are pleased that this exchange has been as a result of R World and Robbie’s legacy.
In the longer term, we aim to provide funding for the High Five Club to build a community school in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. Government schools in many African countries are massively under-resourced or are inaccessible to rural communities, so our contribution in this way will be a big step in empowering this community and help them break the cycle of poverty which diminishes their life chances.