Polytechnic students who are studying under the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI)multi-million Kwacha Edith Mtila Scholarship programme have expressed gratitude to former President and JBFI Founder, Joyce Banda, for giving them a chance to access higher education.
The students were speaking when JBFI officials paid them a visit at the campus for some inspirational talk; to give them words of encouragement and to assure them of their continued support through the scholarships.
“We would like to thank the JBFI for sending representatives to us, Poly students under the scholarship. We are very happy to hear that JBFI is committed to continue paying our tuition fees even if it is raised,” said GraviousWinteram, one of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of the students.
The students told the officials that JBFI’s words of encouragement would not go to waste and promised to work extra harder in their studies and excel in what they are doing.
Said Winteram: “We would also like to thank you for your commitment to support our various academic projects. Among us, there are amazing projects that if supported, they would significantly change the economic status of Malawi as well as the lives of many people in Malawi and beyond.
He, however, said the students still face some challenges such inadequate stationery, the common problem among university students in Malawi.
“We (the sponsored students) are not given stationery allowance like our friends not on sponsorship because we believe the university thinks our scholarship caters for stationery as well. We therefore request JBF to assist us in this regard,” he said.
The students also requested JBFI assistance in arranging for internship programmes.
“Another issue that we would like JBFI to assist us is the issue to do with internships. When we close school, we stay at home for a long time and this we feel is a waste of time as we can be productive in our respective sectors of specialty,” he said, adding that they are more than ready to work with JBFI in its various programmes.
A JBFI official who spoke at the meeting, Madalitso Banda said it was an honour for the organization to be associated with these students through the Edith Mtila scholarship programme.
“The Founder Dr. Joyce Banda has always been associated with helping others. She has always felt duty-bound to facilitate education for many students because she is aware that it is only an educated nation that can develop faster,” Banda said, adding that it because of Dr. Joyce Banda’s endless efforts to assist the underprivileged that she has earned international recognition.
Banda said most of the Poly students on the JBFI programme could have no opportunity to get higher education and achieve their full life potential.
“We feel honoured to have played this amiable part,” he mused, encouraging the students to conduct themselves exemplarily and avoid indulging in immoral behaviour.
“HIV/Aids is real; avoid catching the virus that has caused a lot misery to our nation. These scholarships would be useless if awardees die before reaping the fruits of our initiative,” he said.
“We would also like to assure the students and the nation that this scholarshipprogramme is here to stay and that more students are bound to benefit,” he said, adding that JBFI would look into the issues of stationery allowance and internship programmes as requested by the students.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :