Education Access

Scholarships that change lives

AGE Africa provides life-changing scholarships that cover the full cost of education for girls attending government high schools.

Scholarship Program

AGE Africa’ scholarship fund was launched in 2005 in response to the overwhelming need for financial support for girls’ education. Over the past 12 years the fund has steadily grown from just 6 scholarships to 221 scholarships.

Covering the Full Cost of Education

In Malawi the indirect cost of education can often be more than twice the cost of tuition at secondary schools. AGE Africa’s scholarships not only assist girls with paying school fees but also with: the cost of uniforms, school supplies, transportation, and personal hygiene materials such as sanitary pads. Our scholarships aim to ensure that the most vulnerable girls stay in school and succeed.

Scholarships that Change Lives

In Malawi just 6% of girls complete their secondary education and 50% become child brides. By comparison:

  • 96% of AGE Africa scholars complete secondary school
  • 91% delay pregnancy and marriage to well beyond their 18th birthday

“I see myself becoming an agricultural advisor in my community. I am almost there, and I am determined to do it. During the past four years of school, I’ve learned that hard work and determination pays off.”

Fanny Maganga, Age 19

Fanny always wanted to be different from the other girls in her village. While many of them were forced to drop out of school in order to get married, Fanny dreamt of continuing her education and becoming an agricultural advisor in her community. In 2013, Fanny was selected to attend Thuchila Community Day Secondary School, but just two weeks into the term, she was sent home because her family could not afford to pay her school fees. One week later, she returned to Thuchila to meet with the head teacher. “I remember my mother dancing when I told her I was among the girls that would be supported by AGE Africa!” Now, Fanny is in form four and a top student at her school. “Without the AGE Africa scholarship, I could have been married or had children by now…” She is determined to stay in school.