Malawi teen calls for international support on girl-child education at UN

A 13old Mtisunge Kamphale has pleaded with international organizations attending the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States to do all they can to assist a girl child in Africa, and Malawi in particular to overcome many challenges facing them in their quest for education.

President Mutharika and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta pose with the girls - Pic by Edson Mwamvani

President Mutharika and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta pose with the girls – Pic by Edson Mwamvani

Mtisunge who is a form one student at Mulunguzi Community Day Secondary School in Blantyre, Malawi made the plea in New York when she addressed a side meeting on Every Woman Every Child at the UN headquarters organized by the movement to highlight problems women and children face for them to survive hardship in their respective countries.

She told the meeting which was attended by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other world leaders including Malawi’s PresidentPeter Mutharika that children in Malawi have numerous challenges preventing them from continuing with their education.

“Many children in Africa especially Malawi have the will to proceed with further education but usually they are besieged by many challenges which among them include early marriages, teenage pregnancies, poverty and civil strife,” she told the meeting as an African representative amid heavy applause.

She explained that given the necessary support the children would be able to continue with their education which is not the case at the moment since most of them are faced  with the challenges resulting in their failure to continue with their studies.

Mtisunge who was among other six girls from other continents emphasized on the need for the world leaders to take advantage of their gathering during this year’s General Assembly at which leaders have adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals to exhaust all avenues aimed at putting a girls at a better place where they will be able grow into productive lives.

Speaking to Mana, Mtisunge expressed happiness that she was identified as an ambassador for girls in the African continent saying she was hopeful that she will take the message from the general assembly to many countries in the region and not only in Malawi. “It’s something I never imagined. To stand before world leaders and pass the message, I feel greatly humbled today,” she added.

During the gathering, Madame Getrude Mutharika, Malawi First Lady, made an instant response by declaring that government would make an immediate response to the appeal by embarking on programs aimed at addressing the plight of children and women in the country so that they lead comfortable lives.

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10 thoughts on “Malawi teen calls for international support on girl-child education at UN”

  1. Chimwemwe Banda says:

    “Many children in Africa ESPECIALLY MALAWI have the will to proceed with further education but usually they are besieged by many challenges which among them include early marriages, teenage pregnancies, poverty AND CIVIL STRIFE,” she told the meeting as an African representative amid heavy applause.

    What civil strive in Malawi did she have in mind when she made her speech?

    Re the last paragraph: just hot air from Mrs President. As pointed out elsewhere, GoM could have embarked in those programs already if it was serious.

  2. Nyatwa says:

    Did Mtisunge tell them that Mathanyula has hiked p school fees making it very difficult for the Girl Child to be educated

  3. anadimba says:

    mulipeza therere mukabwera .ndamva kuti kusowaku ndi mapwevu pwevu.

  4. Chimanyisko says:

    Kutengana kuno kumakapempherana ku USA……it doesnt make sense. Opempha mMalawi….kuyankhaso mMalawi ……chinekeo

  5. kadamanja says:

    How did Peter feel about the plea of Mtisunge in US? I am sure he made a wee in his pants. Shame! Malawi is always a beggar. Mtisunge also tell them that our leader is the most corrupt president in Africa.

  6. truevoter says:

    Wakhwana Mtisunge

  7. Why should it take Mtisunge make a plea and Madam First lady’s respond to her in Washngton. This could have been done right here without wasting government resources.

  8. Ntchona says:

    MALAWI IS NOT THE WARM HEART OF AFRICA

  9. mmalawi says:

    Part of the 100 plus entourage Malawians are complaining about, yankhulanitu tsopano.

  10. stella says:

    Which one is Mtisunge. I propose the one at the middle in a smile from warm heart of africa.

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