A Malawian high school student, Asante Mzungu, has created an education pro-website whose sole aim is to help students in the currently access information and skills on how to grab opportunities to study at various schools and colleges in the United States of America.
Mzungu, who will be attending Yale University this August and is currently in South Africa at the African Leadership Academy, told Nyasa Times that he decided to embark on the project after realizing that a great number of Malawian students lack the knowledge regarding the application process to US universities.
“The website I have created, www.educationpro.org, focuses on providing information on how to apply to colleges in the US, UK and also some pre-university programs such as the African Leadership Academy (ALA),” said Mzungu.
On the website, one can sign up for the free college counseling services that are provided.
“I will be working with some friends of mine who also received admission to top schools, such as Ivy leagues, in order to support Malawian students in their pursuit of university education,” he said.
According to Mzungu, the pre-university programs offer generous financial aid to enable students from all backgrounds to attend regardless of their ability to afford.
“Most people are unaware that American universities offer very generous scholarships and in some cases, attending an American university can actually be cheaper than attending a university in Africa or here in Malawi,” he said.
The website also contains video lessons for high school students following the Cambridge International Examinations which are widely used by Malawian schools.
Last year Mzungu traveled to Buckingham Palace in the UK where he received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Queen Elizabeth.