Waking up each morning and looking forward to complete the days chores on a cold Monday morning, has always been one of the things Edward always looked forward to every school week. Putting up the fire to boil water for his four siblings - as the first born, Edward has always made sure they are well taken care of before he starts off for the day.
Funo Langa is a fundraising campaign for the Girls Secondary Education Trust Fund. It was set up to provide access to quality education for vulnerable students in Malawi, particularly girls. The Trust brings together existing scholarship schemes run by different organisations, including UNICEF, and will mobilize additional financial and technical resources to help academically successful students from poor backgrounds finish their secondary education.
It was a historic evening for girls in Malawi on Wednesday 5th December at the Mt. Soche hotel in Blantyre. Dignitaries from different sectors in the country gathered to be a part of the Official Launch of the fundraising campaign for the Girls Secondary Education Trust Fund. The Trust Fund referred to as “Funo Langa”, was set up to provide access to quality education for vulnerable students in Malawi, particularly girls.
Chikondi Mjojo wants to be a police officer when she completes her education. She works hard in school and is determined to give something back to her community. However, the high school student from southern Malawi had problems at home and was struggling to keep up with her school work.
Pauline Lot loves to write poems. When she was in primary school she wrote a poem for a competition about keeping girls in school. “It did really well and was one of the poems from our district to be selected to go to Lilongwe.”
Rita is a bright 16-year-old who usually finishes in the top five of her class. She’s confident and outgoing, and laughs easily. Rita is approaching her final exams, and expected to do well. Sitting on a bench outside her classroom with a group of friends at break time, it is easy to imagine her having a bright future. But for Rita, her obvious potential was not always sure to be achieved. She comes from a very poor family, and without a scholarship, might not have finished school at all.
Rehema (far right) with her fellow K.I.N.D scholarship recipients at Namwera Community Day Secondary School © UNICEF Malawi/2017/ Eldson Chagara By Lauren Davitt, UNICEF USA Rehema is quiet and soft-spoken, introducing herself shyly when we first meet at her high school in Namwera, in rural Malawi. She sees that I have a stack of notes and … Continue reading Investing In Young Talent In Malawi