When Chimwemwe Chithyoka heard that Students with Dreams was looking for projects all about creative freedom of expression, she knew she had the perfect idea for a project. She didn’t know all of the different skills she would gain and all the ways she would develop as a leader.
The latest cohort of Dreamers from the Students with Dreams project culminated in a fun and exciting evening of art and music at our offices last month. We were delighted to not only showcase the work that the Dreamers had done in their exploration of creative freedom of expression, but also share some music, art, and poetry from Malawi.
Maya has always been a sports fanatic. But it wasn’t until college that she joined the women’s basketball team. She was so excited to be able to live out her love of sports. But she noticed that the guys were always treated better and that invitations only ever went to them. Now she’s using her Students with Dreams project to reach secondary school girls about sports.
In a country where young people under the age of 30 form 70% of the population, it would have been expected that innovation and creativity would have been the norm and not the deviation. However, the situation is very antithetical for Malawi .The youth are facing a litany of challenges ranging from unemployment, higher incidences of HIV/AIDS, drug and substance abuse and early marriages among other pressing social issue. Such pressing social issues prevent the youth from realizing their potential to the fullest.Indeed ,the level of contribution of young people to the socio-economic development of the country leaves a lot to be desired
Art and Global Health Center Africa (ArtGlo) held its annual graduation ceremony for 38 students who successfully completed the Students with Dreams (SWD) programme. The prestigious ceremony which took place on 14th April, 2018 was graced by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Justin Saidi.
After completing her studies at Chancellor College, Isabel went on to gain a prestigious Global health Corps fellowship and be Chair of Roteract in Lilongwe. She is now is pursuing her MBA and supporting other young leaders as Malawi Programmes and Operations Senior Associate for Global Health Corps.
Tumeliwa found strength to rebuild herself as a woman with albinism and now fights for the rights of others living with albinism in Malawi, through her SWD project Front Seat