Urban musician Fredokiss has introduced a scholarship fund meant to keep vulnerable and needy young people in school.
Known as Ghetto Shoulder Initiative (GSI), the scholarship fund seeks to contribute to the financial needs of young people.
“Education is key to unlocking young people’s potential in the country. But many youths are failing to make the best use of their potential because they don’t have a sound education due to lack of finances. So, GSI has been established to help some of the needy students in secondary schools,” said Fredokiss.
The artist said young people have power to create own solutions to problems facing them.
“If young people can join hands in the country we can do greater things and make Malawi a better place to live. As an artist, I believe I have something to contribute towards realising this dream,” he said.
He said as someone who has spent a great deal of his life in the ghetto, he has observed with pain the danger which the youth, girls in particular, are going through due to lack of education.
“Lack of sound education which is caused by poverty and exorbitant school fees is creating misery in the ghetto. Young people are resorting to mischievousness and risky lifestyles because of soaring unemployment rate,” he said.
Fredokiss challenged government, individuals and other stakeholders in the country to prioritise education of young people to stop further suffering.
“If the situation remains the same, the country will facilitate a generation of poor and sick people whose problems will be doubled.
“Therefore, time for action is now. Everyone should take a role in educating young people because they are the ones that will make Malawi of tomorrow,” said Fredokiss.
He said GSI is currently accepting applications from needy secondary students.
According to Fredokiss, GSI is being facilitated by Maphunziro 265 initiative.