Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) Radio – Malawi’s leading private owned radio – Monday awarded scholarships to 8 outstanding girls in the 2013 Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) to study in the People’s Republic of China and United States of America.
The girls – Bainala Kaonga (Marymount), Mary Chitani (Marymount), Chitsanzo Kwawilira (Dowa Secondary School) – scored 6 points while Glory Shaba (Marymount), Mirriam Mazibuko (Marymount), Mary Tamanda Bridget Supply (St Mary’s Girls – Zomba), Maria Meke (Marymount) and Grace Dikiya (Blantyre Secondary School) had 7 points.
They got assorted prizes from PEP stores, Maneno Bookshop, gold and bronze medals [for those who got 6 and 7 points respectively and Ipads from Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (Macra).
President Joyce Banda offered scholarships to five of the eight girls who excelled in the 2013/14 MSCE Best Girl Awards with 7 points to study in USA, RSA, Russia or Malawi.
ZBS commenced the MSCE Best Girl Awards initiative in 2006 just a year after it started operations in Malawi.
For the 2013/14 academic year, ZBS has awarded eight girls for excellence.
Of the eight, three scored 6 points each thereby qualifying for the Peoples Republic of China funded scholarships.
Of the other five, Banda said those wishing to study in the USA must be interested in the sciences with a bias in engineering courses, Republic of South Africa and Russia (Medicine) and Malawi (any course).
“I want you to be my guests at Kamuzu palace this Sunday or next week so that we can discuss your choices. You will all proceed with education on your choices,” she said.
Banda said the improvement of girls’ education is on top of her government development agenda.
“That is why we have been building girls Hostels to provide descent accommodation and reduce walking distances. We have also increased the enrolment of trainee Teachers,” she said.
ZBS Managing Director Gospel Kadzako said that it is not a secret that Malawi’s women have been left behind.
“We look forward to a time when are women are fully involved in national development and when being a woman President is not an issue because women empowerment is not a political issue but a national one. Our Girls will be drivers of change,” Kadzako said.
A representative of the awardees Bayinala Kawonga said they met many challenges in their quest for high attainment but overcame them with help of God, Teachers and parents.
“The secret is put God first, work hard, be dedicated and obey school rules and regulations. Never be intimidated because as girls we are capable of excelling just like boys. Being a girl should not be a limiting factor,” Kawonga said.—(Additional reporting by Collins Mtika, Nyasa Times)Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :