The United States Agency for International Development (USaid) on Thursday disclosed that it will give scholarships to 856 Malawian students to study for master’s and doctorate degree programmes.
Out of the total students, 56 will study in USA while the 800 will study in the country.
The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Malawi, Jeanine Jackson, during the launch of Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe.
“Over the years, we have sent several thousand Malawians overseas for bachelor’s or doctorate programmess. This has provided long-lasting benefits in all sectors,” Jackson said.
She added that during the 1990’s, a USaid education programme called Gable made a difference in girls’ education.
Jackson said she was hopeful that the US Congress would approve about U$700 million (about K315 billion) funding to the CDCS project.
She expressed optimism that the money would be used for the intended purpose and pledged continued support to Malawi Government.
“None of us can excuse the criminal misuse of Malawi’s taxpayers’ money and development partners’ resources, but still we, the American people, stand with you today as we did yesterday and will still do tomorrow,” she explained.—Mana.