Outreaching last mile girls with education

News   Chapter Banda   January 18, 2019
PIC: Some of the students with the Polytechnic lecturers
In an effort to encourage more young ladies to go for tertiary education, the Family Health International 360 in collaboration with the Polytechnic female lecturers organized a two-day motivational talk event to secondary school female students.

The program was aimed at inspiring female students who live in deep rural areas to work hard in their studies despite their social status.

The event took place on 18th and 19th December 2018, respectively at the institution’s main lecturer theatre.

These students came from various schools in Zomba and Machinga.

The girls had an opportunity to learn how some of The Polytechnic female lecturers excelled in their studies and working places despite being females.

In addition, students were also taught how to overcome challenges they may encounter in the course of their studies.

Furthermore, the students were also given information on which subjects are required for one to join a particular program at the institution. 

A Dean in the Faculty of Education and Media Studies who also chaired the program, Dr Mary Kamwaza said the program was an eye opener to some of the students who had never been to Blantyre and seeing female lecturers. 

“Females must know that they are also humans, due to this they are also capable of doing things just like males. They just have to believe in themselves that they can do it. They need to have goals, choose friends wisely and work hard in their studies, “ she said.

She further said it is the job of female achievers in all sectors to motivate the girls.

According to the FHI 360 Gender Advisor, Wellington Nkhoma they decided to bring the girls at the Polytechnic under their project called Dreams Innovation Challenge. This project focuses on reducing illiteracy    rate and HIV/AIDS among young women in Malawi particularly in Zomba and Machinga. 

“These students are from deep rural areas, so we brought them here at the Polytechnic to get exposure. In addition, the students have also leant the programs that the institution is offering. They have also been enlightened how they can work towards their education in order to enroll at the polytechnic “ he explained.

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