Sometimes we take for granted how hard it can be to stay in or prioritize school. One of Story Time’s students, Chikondi, worked hard and stayed in school through Form 4 so she could take the MCSE and go to college. Then, something happened that was beyond her control.
Selecting students for the Standard Sponsorship Project is a long process that occurs each year. Within the first few weeks of the school year, students are permitted to attend school for a period of time without paying school fees. During this window of time, Story Time members assist with a 7-step selection process.
In this Short Story, Cynthia, one of the young women in Malawi who is a part of the Women's Empowerment Project (WEP), shares her thoughts on school, goals, and what it means to be a girl. Cynthia is 16, and in Form 3 (Junior year). She has 3 siblings and lives with her two parents. Her favorite subject is Biology. When she grows up, she wants to become a nurse because she has a desire to help people.
Vera is a Form 4 (Senior) at Nsondole Community Day Secondary School. Her favorite subjects are math, geography, and biology. She feels she is an important member of the community because people in her community see her as an educated person who can give back. As a female, Vera doesn't have many role models. She hopes to complete her education and start giving back to her community soon.
Businesses in Malawi need electricity to be successful in day to day tasks. But too often, the lights are turned off and owners and consumers are held at a stand still with few options.