The Chinese government through its embassy in Malawi has given the First Lady’s Beautify Malawi Trust funds amounting to K21 million to assist paying schools fees for needy girls across the country.
The Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Shiting Wang handed over the cheque to the First Lady at a ceremony held at Kamuzu Palace on Wednesday.
In his speech when he handed over the cheque, Ambassador Wang hailed the passion that the Malawi First Lady has in the education of girls as a means to eradicate poverty and empower women in the country.
He said as a true friend and sincere partner, the Chinese government always attaches great importance to the well-being of Malawian people and cherishes the good work that the First Lady through the Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust is doing by taking care of the environment and promoting girls education.
“When Her Excellency told me that the dropout rate of girls in rural areas of Malawi are very high, mainly because of child pregnancies, lack of school fees and learning materials, long distances to school, I didn’t hesitate to make up my mind to help change the situation together with BEAM.
“As the beginning, we have decided to donate 21 million Kwacha through BEAM to implement the Chinese Ambassador’s School sponsorship project, aiming at assisting girls who are facing difficulties in school fees,” said Ambassador Wang.
In her speech the First Lady commended the Chinese ambassador for the sponsorship saying it brings hope for a bright future for the Malawian girl child.
“The MK21 million that you have handed over today under the ‘Chinese Ambassador’s School Sponsorship’ towards the support of girls’ education is a huge boost to Malawi’s quest to empower women by ensuring that more girls complete their education.
“Under this sponsorship over 150 girls are expected to have their school fees and other school expenses fully paid for four years,” explained Madam Mutharika.
She explained that 50 of the beneficiaries will be girls that fell pregnant and dropped out of school or have been withdrawn from early marriages and they are being taken back to school.
She said “Through this grant families of these 50 girls will also be provided with a modest start-up capital to operate small scale business to be able to support babies of these girls who will be left in their care.”
Apart from paying school fees, Girl’s Career Guidance Workshop to interact with girls to encourage and assist them to study hard and pursuit for a better future.
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