AGE Africa’s three-pronged approach enables disadvantaged but academically talented young women to attend and finish secondary school and to pursue opportunities beyond high school by equipping them with all the resources, knowledge, and awareness they need to succeed. Our scholarships, extra-curricular programs, and post-secondary support strategies address the most prevalent causes of drop out.
A three-pronged approach:
- Comprehensive scholarships that pay for tuition, as well as the indirect costs of a girl’s education including uniforms, school supplies, transport to and from school, and exam fees.
- Extracurricular Programs that emphasize life skills education, leadership development, self-advocacy and career guidance. AGE Africa’s core curriculum is called CHATS: Creating Healthy Approaches to Success, an after school extra-curricular program that targets the core barriers to a girls’ achievement in Malawi.
- Post-secondary transitions programming that ensures girls’ have the information, resources and support they need to apply for educational opportunities beyond high school and/or generate earned income for themselves and their families at home in their villages. Post-secondary career counseling, job coaching, university entrance exam preparation, and support applying for college and funding are all integral parts of AGE Africa’s approach.
88% percent of AGE Africa’s scholarship awardees have finished four years of high school. Currently AGE Africa is active at 24 government schools in four districts: Zomba, Mulanje, Machinga and Mangochi. The organization provides scholarships to 200 young women in public boarding and community day secondary schools and supports extracurricular life skills and leadership training programs for over 1,600 girls.
We boast an 87% retention rate of our Scholarship awardees in secondary school, and a 58% pass rate on their final examinations (compared to 26% and 46% nationwide, respectively). Our students leave our schools with knowledge about small business start-up and management, higher education, and 88% have delayed pregnancy and marriage well beyond the national average.