Future Leaders of Malawi 

Last month I made my first trip to Malawi. I had the privilege to visit various school sites, meet with school officials, and participate in AGE Africa’s CHATS program.

Concepcion dances with AGE CHATS members

Concepcion dances with AGE Africa CHATS Club members.

Under a tree, I sat in on a CHATS session and watched as the girls discussed how to be a leader and role model in their community. I was struck by the girls’ poise and maturity as each girl shared how CHATS has improved their self-esteem and confidence to participate in class and in CHATS. Before the session ended, the girls broke out in song and dance, inviting me to join in celebrating their sisterhood. I jumped at the chance and danced side by side with the next generation of Malawian leaders.

This month, AGE Africa will host its sixth annual All Scholars Retreat. This year’s theme is Leadership by Choice, Not By Chance. Girls from our partner schools will participate in leadership development workshops, meet with female business leaders, and the Minister of Gender. AGE Africa believes it is important to invest in empowering adolescent girls and young women is key to achieving the women leadership agenda.

I am honored to be part of the change AGE Africa seeks to make in the lives of young girls in Malawi. Who knows, I may have danced with the future President of Malawi, under the tree.

Concepcion Gaxiola

Executive Director

Student Spotlight 

Ivy at her school in Malawi

AGE Africa CHATS Member, Ivy Namaranya, traveled to Chicago and Washington, D.C. as part of the Pan Africa Youth Leadership Program, a three-week training, and cultural exchange program.

Ivy said that the trip to the USA was an eye opener; “I built on the leadership skills I learned through CHATS and used those skills in the social entrepreneurship workshops that were part of my trip. While in the USA, we visited the White House and museums. My highlight was in Chicago where we went to the Willis Tower Skydeck, and saw all of Chicago.”