Pupils from eight Blantyre schools and one Mulanje school had fun on Saturday when Plan Malawi, in collaboration with Timveni TV, organised a show dubbed ‘Education meets Talent’ at Blantyre Youth Centre.
The show, which was organised to use talent as a medium to communicate that girls should stay in school as well as use their gained knowledge to further talent in reference to the ‘Because I am a Girl (BIAAG)’ campaign, was spiced with performances by urban gospel artists Faith Mussa and Mada Ngoleka, among others.
Several children participated in singing, poet recitals, and dancing competition that saw winners getting away with assorted items such as cash, flash disks, arm bands and t-shirts while others had their faces painted.
In an interview, Namalimwe Primary School Standard Six pupil Melanie Taulo said apart from having fun, she has learnt that education and talent go together.
Another pupil, Annie Funsani of Blantyre Girls Primary School, said she has learned that it is not good to mistreat a girl child by giving them tough tasks at home.
Manyanda Nyasulu, Timveni Child and Youth Media executive director, said in Malawi, raw talent is not necessarily nurtured to the point where it can support ones’ livelihood and when it comes to young people it is difficult for them to progress financially by solely relying on their talents.
“Under the theme Education meets Talent, we are encouraging girls and boys to stay in school to better enhance their talents. Furthermore, most of the guest artists that showcased their talents are those that are educated but still value their talent to make a positive impact in society,” said Nyasulu.
The first BIAAG Education meets Talent show took place at City Mall Car Park in Lilongwe in May while the second one took place in Mzuzu in August. n