Transitions Support

Helping girls transition to the world beyond high school

Post-Secondary Transitions programming includes the Xanthe Scharff Workplace Experience Project, seed funding for alumnae to enter higher education, and entrepreneurship and livelihoods training for recent graduates.

Post-Secondary Transitions

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 are therefore 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’s Story

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.

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.

“I want other girls to be inspired by my life. I want someone to look at me and say “because of you, I never gave up.”

Diana Promise Mandala, Age 18

Diana comes from a family of six and was raised by her single mother who works as a farmer. As an AGE Africa scholar, Diana attended St. Mary’s Secondary School, where she graduated at the top of her class and received a cash award of 20,000 kwacha (or $40) for her high marks. Diana used her award to start a small business that sold mobile phone airtime and saved the money she earned for college. With the support of AGE Africa, Diana continues to pursue her dream of becoming a pharmacist at the College of Medicine. She hopes to serve as a role model for other girls and to encourage them to work hard to achieve their goals. Diana is featured in the AGE Africa video produced for International Day of the Girl by the Girls’ Opportunity Alliance that can be viewed here. Diana is also featured in her lab in the header photo for this web page.