The country’s First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika has urged students in the country to take education as an important tool if they are to succeed in life.
Speaking on Friday at New Era Private Secondary school in Ntcheu during an interface meeting with form four students from ten schools from around the boma, the First Lady said education is the only key to success.
She explained that one cannot succeed in life if they never attended school, saying for every sector of the country to grow, it requires education.
“You can agree with me to say that for every sector to grow, it needs educated people. Even a farmer nowadays needs to be educated and be well conversant with issues since farming too has gone technological where one has to transact monetary issues on the phone, buy commodities through e-payments and others,” she said.
She then urged the students to engage an extra gear for education on their own, saying parents and teachers are there just to support them.
“You can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents and the best schools in the world, but none of it will matter unless you and only you know what you want in life and have a conviction that you can’t be what you want unless you are educated, and you work hard towards your goal,” said Mutharika.
The First Lady said she was aware of the challenges students meet at school that sometimes make it hard for them to excel.
She, on this point, called upon the students to always focus on school despite the challenges, saying what they are learning in school now, will determine their future.
“Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you will end up. No one has written your destiny for you. You write your own destiny. You make your own bright future,” she urged.
Speaking earlier, District Education Manager for Ntcheu, Lucia Chidalengwa called upon the students to dream big and aim at achieving greater things in life.
She asked them to take into consideration the life experiences shared with them by young motivators during the function and be committed to education so that they make it to university come next year.
During the function, young motivators from constituent colleges of university of Malawi and Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) shared their life experiences with the students as one way of motivating them.
Madam Gertrude Mutharika also donated school packs and balls to the participating schools. The function was held under the theme “Bright future is possible.”