Florence is a CHATS Girls’ Club facilitator, as well as a class monitor at her school—a role usually left for the boys. Florence wants to be a policewoman, working to protect her fellow Malawians while being her own woman. She says, “Girl’s education is important because it makes one to live an independent life. If I have education, I have keys to open doors of opportunity even if I don’t get married or get employed.” Since she has been in secondary school, Florence has faced high amount of community and family pressure to drop out of school because of the high fees, cost of books and the very long distances she walks to school every day. AGE Africa’s support through scholarships and the CHATS club community has helped her to remain persistent about getting her education.
Florence is a student at Matandwe Community Day Secondary School.