Determined to Develop (D2D) is excited to share that two of its sponsored girls are furthering their education at Karonga Teachers Training College (TTC). The college was founded in 1985 with the purpose of equipping teachers with the skills to help improve education in Malawi. Chance and Mary’s Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) scores qualified them for selection at Karonga TTC, where they began their studies in October of this year.
Chance is one of five children. Her parents, who are subsistence farmers, did not have the means to pay Chance’s school fees at Karonga Girls Boarding School. Chance, determined to finish her education, appealed her case to D2D in 2014 and was accepted into the program during her second term of standard 3. She passed her MSCEs with a 27 but decided to retake the examination in hopes of earning a better score. Chance’s determination paid off, earning her a 24 and qualifying her for a spot at Karonga TTC. Chance is a model of success for her younger siblings, particularly for her sister, Vumilia, who is a current secondary Girls Club member.
Mary mother, who worked as a subsidence farmer, passed away in 2012, leaving her father alone to support the family. He was not in good enough health, however, to hold a job, making school fees unmanageable. Mary was recommended for sponsorship by the head teacher at Khwawa Community Secondary Day School, who described Mary as a ‘needy student dedicated to her studies.’ D2D began sponsoring Mary in 2015 during her third year of secondary school. Mary continued to study hard, earning a 21 in her MSCEs and qualifying her for enrolment at Karonga TTC.
Chance and Mary exemplify the mission of D2D’s youth sponsorship program, which seeks to give students the resources to continue their education beyond the secondary level, allowing them to become active members of society. Further, D2D’s female empowerment program incentivizes girls in particular to attain their full potential with the long-term goal of closing the gender gap in education.