One World Bank study found that for every year of education a girl receives, her life-long income rose by 18% – with a vast impact on economic growth.
Indeed, “The evidence is very clear: when we invest in girls’ education and we embrace women in our workforce, that does not just benefit them, it benefits all of us”, United States First Lady Michel Obama adds.
Based on the above, WfC with support from VIDEA has been providing direct education support to several youths and the organisation was happy to learn that two more girls have completed their secondary education under its Orphans and Vulnerable Children direct education support.
Tisa Mtonga and Agness Banda completed their grade 12 last year and had very encouraging results reveals WfC Seniour Animator Chris Singelengele .
“Agness excelled with high grades in Mathematics, English and Science; she got a total of 15 points which is Division One (1) in the Zambian academic context. She is the first girl in the area to get a division one and to have completed grade twelve”. Chris said.
Agness is currently offering her services by teaching a grade four class as an untrained teacher, but plans to go to nursing school, which she absolutely has the grades for.
“She has given the WfC/VIDEA partnership the pride and encouragement to continue to fundraise for such bright girls, as this will continue to encourage female education in communities, which is in line with the National Education System that encourages girl child education.” Chris adds
Even more encouraging Chris said is that five students under the programme are currently attending university or college.
He said that Gift is training as a Medical Doctor at Apex University, Bertha Mukonda is at University of Zambia studying to be a Secondary School Teacher, Michael Namitondo is at Copper Belt University studying Forestry, Veronica Nyirongo is at Evelyn Hone and is studying to be a Secondary School Teacher while Michael Phiri is at Ukwimi trades institute Studying General Agriculture.