Advancing Girls Education in Africa actively pursues opportunities to help our graduates continue their learning beyond the four years of secondary school.
AGE Africa is dedicated to the long-term success of girls in Malawi. We, therefore, are committed to enabling each girl to put her education into practice beyond the time she graduates.
Many AGE scholars qualify for and pursue higher education such as University, Teacher Training College or Nursing School. Many of these opportunities are subsidized by the Malawian Government. When girls pursue Teacher Training College or Nursing School they are often guaranteed employment upon graduation.
AGE Africa supports all of our students who qualify for continuing education through the application and admissions processes. For these girls, we provide support in the following ways:
- University entrance exam coaching.
- Help with applications for admission.
- Application to private and government sources of funding.
- Small living stipends or transport costs for girls who have matriculated to higher education.
Idah Savala, one of our alumnae, has become the first AGE Africa scholar to graduate from a university. She is now among the 1% of women in Malawi with a university degree! Idah’s graduation is a tremendous milestone for AGE Africa.
With a degree in Media for Community Development from the University of Malawi, Idah plans to give back to her village. She sees herself as a positive role model for other girls in her village. When Idah visits her hometown she speaks with the young girls in the community and talks to them about her experience and the importance of an education.
Income generating activities
AGE Africa also continues to support girls who do not go on to University. We do this through providing advising during their job searches or by supporting their tuition costs while repeating their Form 4 years. AGE also encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. We want our girls to have the tools it takes to be successful and create effective change.
40% of our alumnae are enrolled in higher education institutions or currently preparing applications (compared to just 11% of female graduates nationwide) and 15% are engaged in wage-based employment or income generating activities.