Forum for African Women Educationalists – Malawi Chapter (Fawema) has described First Deputy Speaker Esther Chilenje as an inspiration to the girl-child in the country after attaining a doctorate degree in leadership from the UK Commonwealth University.
Fawema executive director Wesley Chabwera said the unique thing about Chilenje’s achievement is her humble background and the struggle she went through to reach this stage.
He said Chilenje has demonstrated that it is possible for a girl child to attain higher education and shape her life.
“She came from a humble beginning and overcame many hardships to reach this level. We want to engage her and use her as a role model for the girls in the country,” he said.
In an interview after her arrival from the UK last week, Chilenje said she is ready to encourage girls to work hard in school and achieve their goals.
“I struggled during my secondary school years. At one time, I dropped out, but went back and completed my education. I went to Bunda [Lilongwe Univerity of Agriculture and Natural Resources—Luanar] for my bachelor’s. I have a master’s degree in leadership and change from Leeds University and a doctorate in public administration and strategic leadership,” she said.
Fawema has been supporting girls’ education in the country through various initiatives.