By Franco Mwachande Jnr
Gone are the days when the youth were touted to be the leaders of tomorrow. Now is the time when they have to walk the talk.
Plenty of evidence from across the world where youths have been taking pivotal roles in uplifting the status chores of the world around them, from politics, to almost every other sector of life.
22-year old Chancellor college (University of Malawi) female student, Prudence Chavula is the recent stalwart to gain entry into the country’s history books as she has introduced Go Fund A Girl Child; an initiative targeting teen mothers to head back to primary, and secondary schools countrywide.
Prudence, a bachelor of Public Administration sophomore reveals the sorry sight of teen mothers, who, mostly are languishing courtesy of their situation has been troubling her over the years.
According to her, 2013 was the turning point when this idea of embarking on a scholarship popped up. This was the period when she had just sat for her Malawi Schools’ Certificate of Education Examination.
“Actually, it was sad to see girls in my area not proceeding with their education, so I decided to do something to my community because most of them dropped out early.” Reveals she.
Later, her motivation grew when she got acquainted with Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) – an initiative with a similar call through its Back To School Campaign.
Why teen mothers?
She said that her scholarship targets teen mothers to motivate and inspire them to remain in school and also help them with financial support. She says Go Fund a Girl wants to enlighten the target group that life does not end once a teen gets impregnated.
“Having met tons of teen mothers who felt that life didn’t give them a chance to go further with their education after delivery, I decided to set up this scholarship to help those who are willing to continue with their education,” said the young academician.
According to her, the initiative has already started bearing fruits with five students from Majuti Secondary School in Mangochi already enjoying the scholarship and now doors are open to all teen mothers who are willing to go back to school.
“Though I don’t have enough finances for this initiative, I believe that sharing the little I have will do the magic. I am also fundraising through the social media, family and friends and use my personal finances to keep the initiative running,” said she.
Meanwhile, Prudence has appealed to all and sundry to assist her in making her drive a success as the sweets fruits from the noble call are going to be enjoyed countrywide, and beyond.
Currently, Prudence is residing in Mangochi but is originally from Mzimba.