Speaking at Machinga Community Day Secondary School, TNM Head of Division - Marketing, Sobhuza Ngwenya said the company is committed to assist girls in attaining quality education.
"These scholarships are meant to support the girls and help them with their upkeep in government schools. These are going out to 20 girls who are in under the AGE Africa scholarships. We would want to take these girls to a greater level in their lives in as far as their education is concerned," said Ngwenya.
Ngwenya said that it is imperative that young girls complete basic secondary education and TNM will hold hands with government so that these girls can be able to contribute towards the social economic development of the country.
"Educating the girl child is educating the whole nation. These girls will one can change the status of their families and communities. At TNM, as a truly Malawi an company, we pride in developing the country and development comes if we contribute to the education sector," he said.
Executive Director for AGE Africa, Gertrude Kabwabwa, thanked TNM for the partnership and said all the girls that TNM has supported for the past 3 years through the scholarships have remained in school up to now.
"TNM has showed their commitment in supporting us. They are re helping us change the life stories of these girls. We want parents to hold hands with us and support these girls. These girls belong to the community therefore we expect communities to step up and provide social and moral support," said Kabwabwa.
Diana Kalipinde, 16 and in Form Three, said the scholarship will ease some of the problems she was facing while accessing her education at Machinga CDSS.
"There were times I would come to school without learning materials but with this scholarship, I can confidently say that this will boost my confidence and help me achieve my goals," said Kalipinde.
AGE Africa supports the girl child in attaining communication and leadership skills and has more than 240 girls on their hands benefiting from various scholarships in Machinga, Zomba, Mangochi, Balaka and Mulanje.