By Blessings Bomati
Charitable Organization, Good Soil Partners, has appealed to several stakeholders to complement government’s efforts of uplifting higher education by supporting underprivileged tertiary education students.
The organization’s Chief Operations Officer, Wabuka Saka, said this on Tuesday in Lilongwe when his organization reached out to 25 needy students from both public and private universities that were at risk of withdrawing from their studies on financial grounds.
The scholarships are worth MWK 27. 2 Million and provision of one brand new personal computer to each student.
According to Saka, government alone cannot manage to support needy students with tuition fees and upkeep allowance loans since the demand is high.
Saka said it is for this reason that Good Soil Partners, which was established in 2010, decided to grant the scholarships to assist government in developing human capital which largely comprises marginalized youth.
Meanwhile, Director of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education, who was also the guest of honour at the event, Dr Levi Eneya, applauded Good Soil partners for the work they are doing in promoting education in the country.
Eneya has requested the general public to adopt the work which Good Soil Partners is doing in dealing with the problem of students dropping out of tertiary institutions due to lack of fees, to the detriment of the country’s education.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, a fourth year student at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES) Angella Nkhoma did not hide her gratitude with Good Soil’s promotion of her dreams after sponsoring her ever since she was in Form Three.
She then encouraged the youth to work hard in their pursuit of education regardless of their poor background.