Supporting Impoverished Girls with Access to Education!
AGE Africa’ scholarship fund launched in 2005 in response to the overwhelming need for financial support for girls’ education in Malawi. Over the past 10 years the fund has steadily grown from just 6 scholarships in 2005 to more than 200 in the 2015/2016 school year. AGE Africa’s scholars come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds and are supported at 22 different public high schools throughout the Southern region.
Covering the Full Cost of Education
In Malawi the indirect cost of education can often be more than double the cost of tuition. AGE Africa’s scholarships assist girls with paying not only school fees but also the cost of uniforms, school supplies, personal hygiene such as sanitary pads, transportation to or from school, and in order to ensure that the most-needy 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