Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has commended the Roman Catholic for their quest to offer quality and holistic girl education in the country.
Mutharika said this Saturday when she graced the Golden Jubilee of Stella Maris Secondary School in Blantyre. It opened its doors in 1964.
She noted that institution has achieved a lot in the five decades it has been there.
“Just like the majority of girls of Stella Maris have managed to graduate from secondary school to universities and colleges, and while these girls have also managed to graduate from universities into the professional world, all of us have the duty to ensure that the people of Malawi must graduate from poverty to prosperity,” she said.
She further said most women who have walked through the corridors of the school are occupying influential positions both in government and in the private sector and also in international and local NGOs.
“Therefore, this golden jubilee celebration is a celebration of the success that should excite everyone and be widely acknowledged by many Malawians.
“I am particularly happy that Stella Maris has benefited the girl child whose interest I have at heart. As you might be aware, I have great passion in the education of the girl child. The importance of educating girls cannot be over-emphasized,” Mutharika said.
She then pledged to promote girl education and asked stakeholders to support her “noble endeavour”.
“I would like to assure you that in your quest to offer quality and holistic education to the nation of Malawi, you have a partner in me,” she added.
She also advised continuing students at the institution to work hard not only to achieve their personal goals, but also government’s.
She said for them to achieve remarkable results, they will have to be disciplined and show good manners both to their parents and teachers.
“You need to avoid and resist zibwenzi and sexual affairs which can lead into HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.
“Avoid zidyamakanda (sugar dadies), as such dangerous affairs can ruin your health, spoil your ambitions, and shatter your dreams,” Mutharika advised.
Mutharika also asked institution’s former students to be part of her ‘Beautify Malawi Trust’, aimed at making the country clean.
“The main aim is to make Malawi clean, to make Malawi an admirable country, to make Malawi an attractive place even for investors or companies from other countries.
“A beautiful Malawi will attract companies that can create jobs for you after you finish school. A beautiful Malawi will offer opportunities for those who want to venture into self employment but highly paying jobs.
A” beautiful Malawi will make it possible for girls to complete their education. A beautiful Malawi will create healthy communities where people will spend more time in productive work than spending all the time at the hospital as patients,” she explained.
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