In keeping with its commitment to promote girl education in Malawi, TNM has announced a commitment of K2.3 million towards tuition and upkeep allowances of 20 students from 11 public secondary schools.
The initiative, which is in its second year, aims to help accelerate access to education for underprivileged girls.
Announcing the 2014 scholarships, Managing Executive, Regional Operations, PhyllisManguluti said the initiative is a fulfillment of TNM’s commitment to promote access to quality basic education for girls from underprivileged background.
“Experience has shown that some of these girls end up losing their Form 1 places after being selected from respective primary schools.TNM as a Malawian company has decided to come to their assistance to ensure that their access to basic quality educated is unencumbered,” she said.
Manguluti said studies have shown that most girls in Malawi and across Africa fail to complete secondary school education due to various barriers ranging from poverty, gender inequality, and traditional stereotypes.
“In Malawi and across most Sub-Saharan Africa girls are not traditionally educated as preference tends to get biased towards boys. This is not to suggest that all boys are privileged enough to complete school. However, it must be noted that when women and girls have the chance to advance their lives through education, the entire community reaps the benefits. As our elders would say, ‘when you educate a girl, you’re educating the whole village,’” she said.
As a fellow woman who has been successful because of education, Manguluti also encouraged the 20 beneficiaries who shall be sitting for Junior Certificate examinations to work extra hard to ensure their progression to Form Three and beyond.
TNM has committed to sponsor the 20 girls from Form 1 up to Form 4 at an estimated cost of K10 million.
In his remarks one of beneficiaries Vanessa Manyusa from Dzedza secondary school hailed TNM for the support.
Earlier this month, TNM also launched a scholarship worth K2.3 million in aid of secondary school girls with visual disabilities. The assistance was channeled through Hope for the Blind, a Non-Governmental Organization working to uplift welfare of visually challenged people.