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The Domino Effect: Mentors Share the Importance of Girls’ Education

The Domino Effect: Mentors Share the Importance of Girls’ Education

This is a guest post from Henry Mhango, a member of the Join My Village team in Malawi. Originally from Rumphi District in Northern Malawi, he now works to link the communities Join My Village supports with communities in the US. Read about some of the great work Henry and Join My Village are doing to empower girls in Malawi through good education.

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The sun is about to set over Chalowa Primary School on a warm Saturday afternoon. It is quieter than a usual school day, except for a small lively group of girls across the school yard. Here, usually shy girls are stepping out of their comfort zone, and volunteering their precious spare time to help other girls. This is mentoring at its best!

Over the past year the Join My Village team has hand-picked a team of 30 scholarship girls to be mentors. All but 2 of these girls have already been trained as mentors and have started their mission to mentor over 100 girls from different primary schools. They do this by going to their old primary schools on Saturday afternoon and talking with the girls about their stories, how they qualified for secondary school and their experience at secondary school so far, and the importance of girls education.

Mentoring is a new initiative of the Join My Village program, aiming to motivate young girls to continue their education and providing important role models in their community by using the program’s unique link with secondary school girls.

Lucy Kamanga and Dania Banda are both in Grade 8 at Chalowa primary school and were among the students who had a chat with mentors Sphiwe Mwale and Selina Kamanga, who are Form 3 (Junior) students from Kafukule and Linyangwa secondary schools, respectively.

Dania was surprised by the changes she saw in Sphiwe, whom she has known for many years and who used to be quite shy. “Apart from their good advice, I was also impressed with their confidence in responding to our questions and concerns. I am now encouraged to work hard in school so that one day I can come back home well dressed in a beautiful uniform like they have done and mentor girls from my primary school” a 15 year old Dania told me.

Even myself, I noticed the changes in these mentors. Compared to the other girls they were comfortable speaking with me and opening up. In rural Malawi many girls are not confident to speak to men, especially those that are older than them. This proves to me how important it is improve the education opportunities for all girls, and the role the mentor program can play in reaching this goal.

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3:54AM PDT on May 8, 2014

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9:45AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

The only solution for a better society is Education, all must have it !

6:39AM PDT on Oct 30, 2011

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

11:29AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Women are mens future and future belongs to the ones who will live tomorrow...

1:34AM PDT on Oct 13, 2011

yes i agree

1:14AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

everyone should have the right to education

12:36PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Is this appeal resulting from the fact that girls are less likely than boys to receive a good education in Malawi?

I guess it is, but I think we deserve some confirmation and more explanation here. Otherwise it sounds a wee bit sexist.

12:44AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela

7:51PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Education for all is a must

7:18PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Clicked I like on facebook.

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