A 16-year-old Malawian Four Form student at Jacaranda School of Orphans in Blantyre Alinafe Botha will address a First Ladies Forum Summit at the UN in US on 22 September.
Jacaranda Founder Marie Da Silva, who will accompany Alinafe, is excited that the Malawian was chosen from her school to represent not only the country but also Africa at such an important world gathering.
“We are not only happy that she will represent Jacaranda School but also Malawi and Africa. This is a great platform for her to speak on issues of early marriages,” Da Silva said.
Alinafe was forced into early marriage at the age of 12 by her guardians after her parents’ death in 2008 but she overcame to continue with her education.
“She has an inspiration story and we are so happy for her. She has experience and her story is a success and through her talk she will also aim at encouraging girls in Malawi and Africa to work hard in their education and refuse to get married whilst young,” Da Silva said.
The Form Four student said it was a lifetime opportunity to address such a high profile audience.
“I am very happy to be offered this chance to speak to the world about my story but also for stories of other girls. The challenges they are facing and one of them being that of early marriages. I have been in this situation but I wanted to continue with my education,” Alinafe said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :