First Lady inspires Mangochi teem mothers: Doctor Dube shares own touching real-life story

First Lady Monica Chakwera has encouraged young girls in Mangochi who dropped out of school for one reason or another that all is not lost and should pick up from where they left.

Madame Monica Chakwera addresses the gathering-(c) Abel Ikiloni, Mana

The First Lady challenged the young women, most of them teenagers, at Chikoko Bay State Lodge on Christmas Eve when she hosted and engaged the teen mothers and school dropouts through a motivational talk.

Madam Chakwera said she is aware of the different circumstances that forced the girls to drop out of school but challenged them that there is still a chance for them to go back to school and make it big.

Said the First Lady: “You just need to have the will and make up your mind, the rest will follow.”

During the gathering, Chakwera shared her own experience as a schoolgirl.

Said the First Lady: “I grew up in typical village set up in Mwazisi, Rumphi and it wasn’t easy for my parents to raise enough money for our education.

“Luckily, my father had grown a lot of fruits and I had to take the fruits to the bus depot to sell and raise money for school fees, among other things.”

She said that when she was at Likuni Girls Secondary School in Lilongwe, sometimes she could not make it back to Rumphi when schools  closed and that instead she stayed with Catholic Sisters at the campus.

Earlier, the First Lady introduced Dr Queen Dube, head of  Department of Paediatrics at Queen Elizabeth  Central Hospital in Blantyre, who also motivated the teen mothers and school dropouts with her own touching real-life story.

Dube, who said she knew no challenges in life until the age of 12, said she found herself in the village away from the comfort of one of  Lilongwe’s low density residential areas, Area 12, after her father got arrested on “political grounds.”

She said what she went through and how she kept herself focused to achieve her goal was determination.

Said Dube: “All you have to do is to have a dream until you achieve it; all the obstacles and potholes you find on the way should in no way stop you from pursuing your dream.”

The teen mothers and school dropouts had earlier presented their challenges and what forced them out of school.

Most of the girls’ challenges revolved around extreme poverty, parental influence for the girls to get married, and lack of motivation to remain in school.

One of the teen mothers, Naomi Gama, 19, said she dropped out of school due to lack of fees and that she, together with her siblings, now help her elderly parents in fending for the family of 10.

Mangochi District made headlines when over 7 000 teen pregnancies were reported to have been recorded between January and June amid Covid-19 school break.

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Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
1 year ago

Ingowapatsani ma capital woti ayambire business, izi zoti abwelere ku school might be just a waste of time and resources………mbuzi ikalawa mchere zimakhala zovuta kuyinamiza kuti mchere siwabwino.

I agree with supporting those girls who dropped out of school due to other issues of life but not those who dropped our because of the consequences of kuchinditsa…… I said, ikalawa mchere za school zi siziyenda.

1 year ago

Bravo great women of substance for motivating our school drop out girls so that they should strive if they want to achieve in this life since without effort nothing can come out. Next time take the role models from there area of Mangochi district so that they should really admire because in this country we have a myth that girls up north they work hard in school despite their living standard, I know Dr. Dube and Madam first lady they all come from Northern Malawi Chitipa and Rumphi respectively.

1 year ago
Reply to  Chosadziwa

I totally agree with you Chosadziwa. If the role models were almost in their set up, cultural beliefs and environment, these teen mothers and school dropouts would have been motivated more. Nevertheless, this is a great way of changing the mindset. Keep it up Our First Lady!

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