MIJ'S Iwell Thawi delivering a speech



By Hawa Juma.

Students from Mzobwe Community Day Secondary School in Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe were all smiles on Friday, after being motivated, encouraged and inspired through their interaction with students from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ).

The scribe-in the making, under the tutelage of their lecturer, Iwell Thawi made the courtesy call so as to inspire their counterparts on how to stay focused in their studies. According to Thawi, the visit also aimed at enlightening them on the nitty-gritties of being a journalist.

“When we look at applicants for enrolment at MIJ, a good number of them indicate on the application forms that they knew about MIJ from career guidance visits which we organize each semester to different secondary schools in the country.

So this is a testimony that the initiative is bearing fruits therefore as an institution, we will intensify our sensitization campaigns especially in the hard to reach schools,” he said.

Expressing her excitement, the Head Prefect for the beneficiary institution, Sophlet Makina, said that the visit has inspired her to concentrate on her education to achieve her dreams of becoming one of the successful ladies in future.

“It becomes difficult for us who stay in the remote areas to make proper decisions about our future simply because we lack role models who can inspire us; so for us seeing these students is a motivation for us to work extra hard and it has fueled us to worker harder and be like them one day, so to us the talk is an eye opener.’’ She cherished.

Sophlet further called upon other tertiary institutions to borrow a leaf from MIJ.

“I therefore request other institutions of higher learning to emulate the example set by MIJ to come to present us with more career information for us to make informed decisions,” she said.

Deputy Head teacher, Margret Mdoka, bemoaned that dropout rate at the institution was very high. She said that girls are the ones who drop out most due to lack of role models.

“The visit has encouraged many students here to work hard in their studies since they have seen other girls who have acted as role models to them. The students, especially girls can now see that a girl can also be successful,” Mdoka said.

MIJ students studentship interacting with their counterparts

MIJ Lilongwe Campus has been involved in various career-talks across numerous secondary schools in the central region.



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