17/09/2015: Embassy of Malawi in Washington, DC Participates in Fundraising Event in Aid of Girls' Education in Malawi
Staff from the Embassy of Malawi in Washington, D.C. joined and competed in the Washington DC Nation’s Triathlon, to raise funds for girls' education, under the AGE Africa initiative. The Triathlon for Malawi Team Challenge is AGE Africa’s largest fundraising event and the Tri for Malawi team members joined hands to raise a total of $150,000 to support scholarships for AGE Africa’s students in Malawi. This year’s event aims at raising funds for 190 young women to get scholarships to attend secondary school education.
The 10th Annual Events DC Nation’s Triathlon took place on Sunday, September 13, 2015. Both the ambassador and embassy officers participated in the triathlon as a fundraising activity. The embassy was pleased and privileged to have been joined in the triathlon by Ambassador Amon Mutembwa of the Embassy of Zimbabwe, who did the five-mile road run, and Ambassador David Newman of the Embassy of Botswana, who did the 26-mile bike ride. Ambassador Newman was accompanied by Mr. Jaffar Burege of his embassy who did the road run. Staff from the both embassies turned up to support their respective ambassadors. Ambassador Mhura did the bike ride.
Speaking at the pre-triathon event that took place at the embassy’s official residence the day before, Ambassador Mhura commended AGE Africa for championing projects aimed at promoting girls' education in Malawi. He said education for women is crucial for the country’s development, hence the need to ensure that young women are supported to achieve employment and independence. The ambassador observed that women play a crucial role, both at family, community and national levels, by being strategic, hardworking and participating in different development endeavors.
The ambassador said promoting girls’ education and empowering women is one of the centre-piece policies of President Arthur Peter Mutharika, himself also a champion of education and youth empowerment.
According to Xanthe Ackerman, its founder, Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa), a non-profit organization, was created to provide life-changing opportunities for girls through secondary school scholarships, mentoring and leadership training.
In her remarks Aubryn Sidle, who has served as the executive director for AGE Africa since 2010, thanked the embassy for supporting the organization that aims to provide education to the disadvantaged girls from some districts in Malawi.
During the event, AGE Africa Board Chair, Kathleen Kimiko Phillips, announced the Xanthe Ackerman Work Place Experience Project (WE Project) in honour of the founder of AGE Africa, Xanthe Ackerman. The Project is aimed at assisting girls to transition from school to work by giving them opportunities for hands-on workplace experience in the form of internships with targeted career mentoring in corporations, NGOs and other partners.