In September 2011, Zipatso Academy secondary school in Salima was officially opened by the Malawian human rights activist and lawyer Vera Mlangazua Chirwa. The academy teaches and boards 120 students at present. The school maintains high teaching and learning standards. Classes are strictly limited to 25 students. All teachers hold either a diploma or a Bachelor’s degree. Students from less privileged families are offered a scholarship if they demonstrate outstanding achievements. Zipatso Academy aims to offer high-quality education in all subjects forming part of the Malawian syllabus MANEB, in order to provide our students with better life and career perspectives. Students are educated in a culturally diverse environment and our educational programme aims to help them become self-responsible, well-informed, and independently thinking individuals.
Since 2005, we have been organising the so-called Swiss Trophy, an annual football camp and a tournament in the Chemusa township of Blantyre. The tournament finalists later travel to Salima for another tournament with the Zipatso Academy school teams. They compete for the Zipatso Trophy. Prominent support has been given to these projects. The first camp was run by Bernard Challandes, the incumbent national coach of Kosovo, together with several Swiss first division professionals. For other tournaments, we have received equipment from players of FC Thun and BSC Young Boys, two Swiss top-flight teams.
Every July, we run winter camps involving Swiss and Malawian athletes and artists. In recent years, we have been supported by The Black Misisonaries, Bernard Challandes, Young chimodzi, Dominique Lämmli, Mbene Mwambene, Daria Nauer, and Sally Nyundo, among others. During the camps, students are coached in football and track and field, songs are recorded, and visions for school-internal mango production are developed. The workshops are free of charge for the students of Zipatso Academy.