Margaret is just 14 years old and already in Form Three at Saint Mary’s Secondary School for Girls. She is extraordinarily bright, speaks with strong conviction and powerful resolve each time she speaks. She loves her schooling but, had struggled with the attitudes about girls’ education in her village as well as doubts over her young age.
“My parents would not agree to my schooling,” Margaret told us. “In my area, girls are not educated.” Her neighbor always told her son that they would be able to give him everything and that he would be able to get knowledge from being a man.
With the support of AGE Africa, Margaret has thrived at St. Mary’s with a positive image of who she is and what she can do. “I am different than other girls because I believe in myself and I can do anything,” Margaret says. She aspires to become a pilot, looking up to Malawi’s first Defense Force pilot, Flora Ngwinjili. She has also had support through AGE Africa’s CHATS program at St. Marys where the girls can come together to share their experiences with one another. Margaret says the CHATS allow her to be independent and feel like she can achieve anything!