Three of the 10 students who graduated in 2019 started university in February; namely Shepherd, Dyson, and Chisomo! They are studying for their Bachelor's of Social Sciences, Environmental Management, and Food Security and Nutrition, respectively.
We expect four more students from the current cohort to receive acceptance letters in April. The remaining three students continue to apply with support from our consultant in Phalombe. Our highest priority right now is ensuring that these students will continue their education at a higher education institution.
While the seven students eagerly wait to receive their acceptance letters, several are working as part-time teachers at local primary schools.
Olive, Biziwick, Hastings, Dyson, Aubrey, Carolyn, Haswell, Falida, Chisomo, and Shepherd have started applying to universities in Malawi!
Because all are first generation college students, they need assistance navigating the application process. EKARI's consultant in Phalombe supports the students by first assessing their exam scores and professional interests. Based on this assessment, the consultant then recommends to each student which accredited universities would be the best for him/her to apply to. The consultant then sits with each student and helps him/her complete the applications. EKARI covers the application fees and postage costs. Students are in the process of applying to three to five colleges each. The students will start university in 2020.
100 percent of EKARI's senior year cohort passed their final exams! Congratulations to all 10 students - Olive, Biziwick, Hastings, Dyson, Aubrey, Carolyn, Haswell, Falida, Chisomo, and Shepherd! This represents a 100 percent pass-rate for the 5th year in a row for EKARI students! In comparison, the country-wide pass rate in Malawi was only 50 percent.
And for the 3rd year in a row, 100 percent of the seniors qualify for university! As first generation college students, they will now start to receive guidance through EKARI's Higher Education Preparation Program. The students will start university in early to mid 2020. At that time, EKARI will support 45 university students.
Let's not forget our past cohorts! The seven students from the 2018 senior year cohort are now studying nursing, accountancy, information science and technology, environmental management, social and development studies, manufacturing engineering, and journalism!
Promise and Stella have received their university acceptance letters! Promise will study for his Bachelor's Degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Malawi's University of Science and Technology. Stella will study for her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Midwifery at Malawi's Kamuzu College of Nursing. They will start in late summer or early fall.
Rather than simply waiting for school to start, Promise and Stella have taken advantage of the time between high school and university to support their families. Promise works part-time for a local NGO conducting surveys and gathering assessment information in Phalombe communities. Stella works as a teacher at a local primary school.
Thank you for supporting these young Malawian leaders as they continue on a path toward reaching their full potential.
EKARI's recent high school graduates completed EKARI's Computer Program course in mid December. For the past several months, they have received support from Harry, EKARI's Youth Coordinator, who worked with each student individually to assess their skill level and goals in order to help them decide which colleges to apply to. Each student applied to a mimimum of three higher education institutions. Several students applied to five or more.
Four of the seven recent high school graduates started their higher education in February!
Linley will study Information Science and Technology.
Catherine will study Environmental Management.
Frank will study Development Studies.
And Michael will focus on Business Administration.
All are studying for their bachelor degrees.
The remaining three students have applied to several Malawi universities and expect to receive acceptance letters soon.
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