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18 Years of AGE

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Our Mission

Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring, and leadership development.

How we make change

For girls in Malawi, the road to education is not a straight path. AGE Africa gives scholars the tools they need to address the obstacles in their way.

The Obstacles:

Long Distances

Many of our scholars walk more than 10km each way to attend school.

High Costs

The indirect cost of education can often be twice the cost of tuition.

Our Impact:


AGE Africa’s scholarship program provides scholarships for rural and vulnerable young women at 47 Malawian public secondary schools. Our 318 scholarships cover the full cost of education and other expenses, such as uniforms, supplies, and transportation.

Learn more about our scholarships here.

The Obstacles:

Child Marriage

Almost 4 in 10 girls marry before the age of 18.*

Early Pregnancy

More than 1 in 4 girls have their first child before the age of 18.*

Social Pressures

Communities may not see educating girls as a good investment and encourage girls to drop out of school.

Our Impact:


Creating Healthy Approaches to Success (CHATS) is an after school life-skills program aimed at giving scholars tools to overcome social barriers. CHATS has made a visible impact; 90% of participants complete secondary school, 91% delay marriage and pregnancy until after their 18th birthday and 90% of participants feel they are a role model in their village.

Learn more about CHATS here.

  • The World Bank Malawi. Malawi Economic Monitor: Investing in Girls’ Education. Linlongwe: Mulnaje House, 2018. Accessed February 14, 2019. URL. Page 4.

Our Vision

Our vision is that girls in Malawi become leaders of change in their families, communities, and country in both the public and private sectors as a result of equal access to and completion of secondary and as well as post-secondary education or training.

Presently Reached with Life Skills, Leadership, and Career Training
Scholarships to secondary school for girls since 2005
Young women supported in accessing higher education at either University, Teacher Training College or vocational school.