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Programme 2018 - 2019

 

MONTH

DAY

DATE

EVENING MEETINGS

ACTIVITIES

 VENUE              

CHAIR

September                                                       
 

 Monday

10

 The Life of Queen Charlotte       Dr Javad Hashemi

  Jean S  Pat
  Tuesday 18

 

 

 

 

 

 Coffee Nina  
 

 

 

   

 

 
                   

 

Friday

 

28

  Book Group   Jean S  
 October                  
 

 Monday

 

8

 The Making of the King James Bible(1611): a look behind the scenes

Dr Nicholas Hardy

  Wilma Carol 
 

Wednesday

17

 

 outdoor

 Oxford

Kate Nileshwar

 Carol

to organise

 

 

 Friday

 

26

   Book group  Margaret  
November                                     
 

Tuesday

at 2.00pm

6

 Russia: a personal and informed view

Jim Snowdon

  Jean S  Kate
 

Thursday

15

 

 coffee Margaret

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

 

30

   Book group Gloria  
 December             
 

Tuesday

at 2.00pm

4

Home Grown Dressing Up

SCAWG

  Nesta   Jayne
  Wed/Turs

 

12/13

 

 

coffee/lunch  ??

??

 January                 
  Monday 7

 

 coffee  Sona

 

 

 Wednesday

at 2.00pm

16

 Behind the Beat of the Big Bass Drum

Victor Kennedy

 

 

 Pat

Nesta 
 

 

Friday 

 

25

   Book Group Jean M  
 February               
 

Monday

at 2.00pm

4

 

 Business meeting

Talking books

John May

  Frances Jean S
 

 Wednesday

13

 

 coffee Mary

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

22

  Book Group  Margaret  
 March                    
 

 

  Friday

 at 2.00pm

8

 International Women's Day

African Soirée

SCAWG

 

 Pauline  
 

Thursday 

at 2.00pm

14

  Mobility

Wendy Sherratt

   Pauline

 Frances

 

 

Friday

 

29

  Book Group   Nesta  
 April                      
 

 

Tuesday

 

2   Coffee

 Jayne

 
  Thursday 11

Can we influence our long term health by tailoring our intake of food and drink?

Dr Caterina Rendeiro

    Pauline Carol
 

 

Friday

 

26

  Book Group  Wilma  
 May                       
 

 

Wednesday

 

15

 AGM

 

 

Jayne  Jean S
 

 

Monday

 

20

                 

 coffee Gloria

 

 

 

Friday

 

31

   Book group Pauline  
 June                      
 

 

  Thursday

 

6

  Coffee

Nesta

 
 

 Wednesday

at 2.00pm 

19

The Berlin Airlift

Mike Ballinger

 

 Jenny

  Angela

 

 

Friday

 

28

  Book Group Carol  
 July                       
 

 Thursday 

 

4

Gilbert and Sullivan

Dr Gerry Gomaz

 

 Pauline

 Gloria
   Wednesday 17

 

 coffee

 Dorothy

  

 

 

 Friday

 

26

   Book group  Margaret  
August                   
 

 

Tuesday

 

13

 

 Coffee

 Carol

 
 

 

Friday

 

30

   Book Group   Wilma  
 
    

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October, 2018  A Coffee Morning With A Difference.

A plan, to visit a member, who had recently moved to Oxfordshire, soon expanded from a coffee morning into a fascinating day out. 10 members from Sutton Coldfield set off in a minibus on a lovely Autumn day. Coffee and homemade cakes were very welcome on our arrival, where we soon fell in love with her new home in an attractive Cotswold town. However there was no time to dawdle as we were off in the minibus to the heart of Oxford, and meeting with other local BFWG Members. Lunch was held in the vaults of the original University church, St Mary's, the site of the...………...more to read in the Members' Area

Meeting those who have supported her while studying for her doctorate

As a schoolgirl in an African village, Esmie Kanyumbu (nee Esmie Chipala) faced many challenges: lack of food; no running water; having to help with carrying water and finding firewood; walking a long distance to school; class sizes of over 200. But ever since her first year at school Esmie wanted to be educated and she would sit under a tree reading books when other children were playing.

After finishing primary school, where she was always at the top of her class, Esmie was selected to go to St Michael’s Girls’ School in Malawi but her parents had difficulty in paying the fees. Sutton Coldfield Association of Women Graduates (SCAWG) were happy to help. Recognising that in Malawi all secondary schools charge fees, SCAWG set about raising money to pay them. For Esmie, as well as providing much–needed financial support, contact with SCAWG members also gave her encouragement. There were no women graduates in Esmie’s village to act as role models. Getting letters and emails from SCAWG members helped Esmie to maintain her determination to succeed.

When she finished school, Esmie was one of the best in her year and she was offered a place at the University of Malawi. SCAWG continued their support as she studied Economics and they were delighted when Esmie was given an award as the best Economics student in 2004. SCAWG was further delighted after their protégé was awarded a scholarship by the African Economic Research Consortium to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics.

As part of her studies, Esmie had to spend some time in Kenya, and a special donation enabled SCAWG to make a substantial contribution to her costs during that period. After successfully completing her Master’s degree, Esmie obtained employment with the Government of Malawi and thereafter got employment at the Reserve Bank of Malawi, the central bank.

SCAWG have been delighted to hear of Esmie’s many successes over the years, but in summer 2018 they got some very special news. The Reserve Bank of Malawi had decided to sponsor Esmie to study for a PhD in Economics at Loughborough University. She and her family (her husband and two sons aged 8 and 5) were coming to England, to Loughborough. They arrived in September and once they had settled in we arranged a meeting.

“International Women’s Day was very special for us this year,” said Jean Soper, president/coordinator of SCAWG. “Esmie came to our meeting in Sutton Coldfield and told us her story”. Esmie described girls’ education in Malawi, explaining that although in the cities there are a few schools that achieve international standards, in rural villages the children of subsistence farmers have much more limited opportunities. Most cultures in Malawi believe education is unimportant for girls and so they face even more disadvantages than do boys. Although primary education in Malawi is now free, the number of teachers has not increased much and therefore class sizes are still very big. Apart from having inadequate teaching and learning materials, most schools do not have enough classrooms, forcing children to learn under trees and classes to be disturbed/cancelled during the rainy season.  The girl child is further disadvantaged because most schools are unable to provide safe and sanitary facilities for girls.

The many difficulties in this country with a young population structure are very challenging, but the message that came through from Esmie’s talk was very encouraging.  Support from SCAWG had been very helpful, especially at some crucial moments. Despite all the odds, Esmie has succeeded. She has now become the role model that she would have liked to have when she was younger.

Supporting the education of women and girls is an important objective for SCAWG and they continue to raise funds for this.

Meeting those who have supported her while studying for her doctorate

As a schoolgirl in an African village, Esmie Kanyumbu (nee Esmie Chipala) faced many challenges: lack of food; no running water; having to help with carrying water and finding firewood; walking a long distance to school; class sizes of over 200. But ever since her first year at school Esmie wanted to be educated and she would sit under a tree reading books when other children were playing.

After finishing primary school, where she was always at the top of her class, Esmie was selected to go to St Michael’s Girls’ School in Malawi but her parents had difficulty in paying the fees. Sutton Coldfield Association of Women Graduates (SCAWG) were happy to help. Recognising that in Malawi all secondary schools charge fees, SCAWG set about raising money to pay them. For Esmie, as well as providing much–needed financial support, contact with SCAWG members also gave her encouragement. There were no women graduates in Esmie’s village to act as role models. Getting letters and emails from SCAWG members helped Esmie to maintain her determination to succeed.

When she finished school, Esmie was one of the best in her year and she was offered a place at the University of Malawi. SCAWG continued their support as she studied Economics and they were delighted when Esmie was given an award as the best Economics student in 2004. SCAWG was further delighted after their protégé was awarded a scholarship by the African Economic Research Consortium to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics.

As part of her studies, Esmie had to spend some time in Kenya, and a special donation enabled SCAWG to make a substantial contribution to her costs during that period. After successfully completing her Master’s degree, Esmie obtained employment with the Government of Malawi and thereafter got employment at the Reserve Bank of Malawi, the central bank.

SCAWG have been delighted to hear of Esmie’s many successes over the years, but in summer 2018 they got some very special news. The Reserve Bank of Malawi had decided to sponsor Esmie to study for a PhD in Economics at Loughborough University. She and her family (her husband and two sons aged 8 and 5) were coming to England, to Loughborough. They arrived in September and once they had settled in we arranged a meeting.

“International Women’s Day was very special for us this year,” said Jean Soper, president/coordinator of SCAWG. “Esmie came to our meeting in Sutton Coldfield and told us her story”. Esmie described girls’ education in Malawi, explaining that although in the cities there are a few schools that achieve international standards, in rural villages the children of subsistence farmers have much more limited opportunities. Most cultures in Malawi believe education is unimportant for girls and so they face even more disadvantages than do boys. Although primary education in Malawi is now free, the number of teachers has not increased much and therefore class sizes are still very big. Apart from having inadequate teaching and learning materials, most schools do not have enough classrooms, forcing children to learn under trees and classes to be disturbed/cancelled during the rainy season.  The girl child is further disadvantaged because most schools are unable to provide safe and sanitary facilities for girls.

The many difficulties in this country with a young population structure are very challenging, but the message that came through from Esmie’s talk was very encouraging.  Support from SCAWG had been very helpful, especially at some crucial moments. Despite all the odds, Esmie has succeeded. She has now become the role model that she would have liked to have when she was younger.

Supporting the education of women and girls is an important objective for SCAWG and they continue to raise funds for this.

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