Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) is launching a major initiative aimed at supporting young women in secondary schools.
In a press statement that was issued by the Secretary for Education, Science and Technology Ken Ndala, the main aim is to raise awareness among policy makers and the general public on the need to join hands to address the challenges faced by young people in education.
According to Ndala, a 10-year partnership between Malawi Government, MoEST, Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) and The MasterCard Foundation will provide comprehensive scholarships to 3,500 girls in rural districts of Malawi.
“The poverty cycle in Malawi is, among others, perpetuated by low educational attainment among young women in particular. Offering bursary support to girls in schools is one major strategy towards ensuring that girls can stay in schools and build a foundation for a better life for themselves and fully participate in the development of the nation,” he said.
The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa.
On the other hand, Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) empowers young women to step up as leaders of change, and since 1993, Camfed’s innovate education programs in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have directly supported over 1.8 million students to attend primary and secondary school.
In addition to the scholarships, the young women will be supported to transition from secondary school to entrepreneurship, tertiary education and receive transformative leadership training in rural Malawi, with the overall goal of achieving secure and productive livelihoods.
Ndala said the launch will also be an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of girls, their mentors, and the community to break barriers that prevent young women and girls staying in school despite the challenges they face.
The launch will be held at Mulunguzi Secondary School in Zomba District on May 6, 2017 from 9 o’clock in the morning under the theme;Together we can, and the event will be presided over by the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano