Access to post-secondary education (college and vocational school) is critical to empowering young women to become leaders in the economic, social, and political realms. In Malawi and around the world, the inclusion of women in post-secondary education and the workforce plays a vital role in uplifting families and communities out of generational poverty.
AGE Africa provides post-secondary scholarships, career counseling, job coaching, internship placement, and application support to secondary school graduates seeking to continue their education or enter the workforce. We utilize peer mentoring and alumnae engagement to foster one-on-one guidance that meets the individual needs of each scholar.
Merit-based post-secondary scholarships are awarded to alumnae who have completed secondary school and obtained acceptance to public universities in Malawi. Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four (4) years to scholars meeting academic eligibility requirements. Scholarship packages include tuition, food, accommodations, school supplies, peer-led career path development, and a laptop.
At less than one percent, Malawi’s tertiary education enrollment rate is among the lowest in the world and is well below the average for sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one percent of women in Malawi hold a bachelor’s degree or higher(World Bank, 2016). Over 90% of AGE Africa scholars complete secondary school, and 50% of AGE Africa scholars who complete secondary school qualify for tertiary education. 40% of our alumnae are enrolled in higher education institutions or currently preparing applications compared to just 11% of female graduates nationwide.