The remarks were made on Wednesday when Special advisor to First lady on Health & Planning, Emma Mabvumbe and Beam Trust officials visited Stella Maris and Providence Girls Secondary Schools in Blantyre and Mulanje respectively.
In the two schools the message was clear that the First lady is leaving no girl behind and would like to see girls competing with boys in all fields of study including sciences.
“The First Lady, Professor Gertrude Mutharika is very keen on girl child education. It is a fact that some brilliant girls drop out of school due to lack of basic school necessities such as fees and uniform. This is the more reason we are here to present cheques that will carter for educational needs of needy students,” said Mabvume.
It was also disclosed during the motivational talks that Beam Trust in partnership with Merck Foundation rolled out a project called ‘Educating Linda’ which targets needy students that are hardworking and sharp in class. The spirit of the project is to provide an opportunity to such girls to pursue their dreams in life through attainment of quality education.
Emma Mabvumbe speaking at Providence Secondary School
In this regard Beam provides school fees, school uniforms and other essentials including notebooks, blankets, pens and mathematical instruments.
At Stella Maris Secondary School the Trust has made a cheque donation worth K637, 500 being fees for 5 students while at Providence Girls Secondary School, a cheque valued at K675, 000 for the same number of needy students has been presented.
In their remarks, principals for the two secondary schools hailed the passion the First lady has on girl child education and said there’s need for more resource mobilization as there are many brilliant girls out there who are struggling financially to meet their educational expenses.
“As you know Providence Girls Secondary School is a national school, we receive students from all parts of the country and some are really coming from families which cannot pay school fees on time. Such initiatives as pursued by Beam Trust will go a long way in enhancing the girls’ educational success,” said Sister Ruth Khumbula Principal for Providence Girls Secondary School.
MBC Online has also discovered that the two schools combined have over 60 girls who are needy apart from those under Beam Scholarship.
The First lady is leaving no girl behind in 'Educating Linda Project'
In the initial phase, Beam Trust is running Educating Linda Project in four secondary schools that are touted for their academic excellence especially in teaching sciences. These are; Stella Maris, St Mary’s, St Michaels and Providence Girls.
Remarkably, the best performing student in 2019 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE), Faith Mhanda, who got selected to Providence Girls Secondary School has been offered Beam Trust Scholarship.
So far over 600 girls have benefited from the First Lady’s initiatives on enhancing girl child education across the country.