Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has committed to shouldering full responsibility of 17 year-old Maxwell Sweet’s tertiary education, who was struggling to raise funds to pursue studies at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR).
The premier mobile service provider has since given the student a full-time scholarship to ably pursue a four year Bachelors degree in Natural Resource Management at the university.
Maxwell, who stays with his grandmother at Jerani village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kuntaja in Blantyre, scored 16 points during Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination he ably sat with a scholarship from St George Academy in Blantyre.
Speaking when he presented a cheque for the scholarship, TNM’s Head of Marketing Webster Mbekeani said the sponsorship was the fulfillment of their commitment to promoting access to education for underprivileged in the country.
“This scholarship will ensure that Maxwell gets access to tertiary education without fail. As a Malawian company, TNM is committed to making life better for the youth of the country by clearing barriers to access through provision of scholarships.
“Malawians will recall that TNM routinely offers scholarships to various students whose disadvantaged status merits our assistance. In the recent past, these have included children with disabilities, and today, it’s Maxwell’s turn to get his chance at university education,” said Mbekeani.
TNM’s scholarship is pegged at K250,000 per year but subjected to upward adjustment where tuition fees go up.
Mbekeani said TNM appreciates the importance of education in socio-economic development of Malawi, underscoring education as an important pillar of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) Policy.
In his remarks after receiving the cheque, Maxwell hailed TNM for the support describing it as a gift from God.
“ I’m very delighted that out of all students who approached different companies TNM has come to help me and this is a grace from God and I promise to work hard and achieve my goals,” said Maxwell.
Blantyre district social welfare officer Trophina Limbani said after being approached by the student for help they decided to seek assistance from different organisations and companies.
“Our office was approached by Maxwell for assistance and we made an assessment to find out if he was really vulnerable and the result was that Maxwell was indeed needy and intelligent. Today as the office we are grateful to TNM for helping the student,” said Limbani.
TNM also supports 20 other students from 11 public secondary schools across Malawi and another 20 secondary school girls with visual disabilities by providing them with tuition fees and upkeep allowances.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :