By Peter Kanjere
The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) on Monday, October 26 2020, joined belatedly the international community in commemorating the international day of the girl child.
The Day is commemorated worldwide on October 11 and this year’s theme was: ‘My voice, our equal future.’
To commemorate the day, some Escom officials engaged and inspired learners at Nyungwe Girls Catholic Secondary School in Chiradzulu District through activities such as motivation talks and quiz held at the school’s hall.
The officials included technicians and engineers, Bettie Chunga, Isabel Juma and Mary Mnewa who shared stories of their personal struggles they overcame to realise their dream careers.
Chunga said: “I want to encourage you, girls, that we were also reading books that you are reading and sitting behind desks similar to the ones you are using, but you have to commit yourselves to studies particularly Stem [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics]. Don’t look down upon yourselves. If we managed, why not you?”
Taking her turn, Mnewa hailed Escom for contributing to the empowerment of the girl child through a scholarship programme open to outstanding female engineering students at The Polytechnic and Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Mnewa is the beneficiary of the scholarship, which offers school fees, internship and even employment for some female graduates at Escom.
Presiding over the ceremony, Escom’s Gender and Social Inclusion Assessment Manager, Elube Chienda, said the corporation has a deliberate policy of non-discrimination at the workplace based on one’s gender.
She encouraged the learners to dream big, adding: “All things are possible to those who work hard, but for this to happen, you must have a vision.”
Students’ representative, Vincensia Chirombo, hailed Escom for organising the event which, she observed, had inspired the girls to aim higher in class.
EMPOWERED—Some of the girls display placards after the activities