In keeping with its commitment to supporting girls in the country, TNM donated K2.3 million towards tuition and up keep allowances of 20 students from 11 public secondary schools.
The initiative aims at helping accelerate access to education for the under privileged girls in the country.
Announcing the 2014 scholarships on Friday in Lilongwe, TNM Managing Executive, Regional Operations, Phyllis Manguluti, said the initiative is a fulfillment of the company’s commitment to promote access to quality basic education for girls from the under privileged background.
“Experience has shown that some of these girls end up losing their Form one places after being selected from respective primary schools. TNM as a Malawian company has decided to come to their assistance to ensure that their access to basic education is encumbered,” said Manguluti.
She further said studies have shown that most girls in Malawi and across Africa fail to complete secondary school education due to various barriers ranging from poverty, gender inequality, and traditional stereotypes.
“In Malawi and across most Sub-Saharan Africa girls are not traditionally educated as preference tends to get biased towards boys. However, it must be noted that when women and girls have the chance to advance their lives through education, the entire community reaps the benefit,” she said.
TNM has committed to sponsor the 20 girls from Form 1 up to Form 4 at an estimated cost of K10 million.