President Joyce Banda on Saturday received 25 scholarships from Alabama State University of the United States of America that will see Malawian students studying in the US during the next four years.
The scholarships the President received are additional to the three that she received from Troy University and offered to three girls who passed the 2011/22 MSCE with 7 points.
The scholarships were facilitated by 100x Development Foundation which is runs various programmes in Malawi in orphan care, education, agriculture, to mention but a few.
Speaking during a luncheon where the scholarships were presented at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC, President Banda said she is concerned that deserving Malawian young people from resource poor families are unable to access secondary and tertiary education due to the burden of cost of school fees.
She said she is immensely grateful that Blanchard and her 100X development foundation offered to assist in this area and the result of which is the 28 scholarships so far given to Malawian young people to study in US universities.
“My vision for Malawi is to eradicate poverty through economic growth and wealth creation. There is no better tool for empowering people than to give them access to higher education,” she said.
She said girls attainment of more ears of education gives them the independence and an opportunity to be economically active in their he’s holds later in life.
The Malawi President assured the nation and the philanthropists that the Joyce Banda Foundation and the Ministry of Education would put in place would put in place a transparent structure to ensure that the deserving students are identified for the scholarships offered by the two universities.
She called on other organisations of good will, and other universities that have opportunities for scholarship to consider Malawi.
The President Said she is determined to champion the cause for increased access to education for young Malawians.
Cofounder and President of 100X Development Foundation Lindy Blanchard said she is proud to be associated with the education of Malawian boys and girls and pledged her organisation’s continued assistance to Malawi in the areas her organization Is working.
She said she was touched when the President briefed her about the plight of many young Malawians who fail to develop to their full potential because they come from resource poor families hence her organisation’s efforts to make a difference to the lives of young Malawians.
President Banda whose organisation, Joyce Banda Foundation offers Scholarships to 2,000 secondary and 200 tertiary students, said tertiary education is the best investment Malawi can and should make now.
Representatives of Troy University and Alabama State University, Dr Lakerri Mack and Freddie Williams JR, respectively, commended President Banda for her efforts in ensuring that as many Malawians as possible attain tertiary education and in ensuring that young Malawians acquire the skills and intellect to contribute to the development agenda of their country.
President whose Joyce Banda Foundation assists 2000 students in secondary schools and 200 in the university said she has been using her network of friends to find scholarships for as many deserving Malawians as possible.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :