Over a hundred underprivileged learners, mostly from secondary and tertiary institutions in the area of Senior Chief Kalolo in Lilongwe district who were on the verge of dropping out of school for lack of fees, now have hope of realizing their dreams through an education bursary introduced by a local NGO – Sunhawk Energy.
Through the bursary, which is called Youth Empowerment Through Supportive Education, the organization has injected K19 million to cater for fees and other basic needs.
One of the beneficiaries Regina Sataya – a Form 4 student at Mdzobwe Community Day Secondary School, said this will help her realize her dream of becoming a nurse.
“ Life is tough, most of us were on the verge of dropping out because our parents couldn’t afford to meet our educational needs,” said Sataya.
Operations Coordinator for Sunhawk Energy, William Banda, said the bursary was introduced to compliment government agenda of inclusive education for both privileged and the underprivileged families.
“Through the bursary, which we are implementing since 2017, we are supporting students whose parents or guardians cannot afford fees and other educational needs,” said Banda.
Since 2017 when the bursary was introduced, 150 students have benefitted, including 8 who have graduated from various universities.