Gloria Tshipata, a student from Malawi
“School’s important for me because it could help me in the future, allowing me to do anything and become a successful person when I grow up. When I grow up, I’d like to be a doctor”
“My name is Gloria and I’m eleven years old. I studied at Umodzi Katubz Primary School. What I like most about school is that I learn lots of interesting things and I can acquire knowledge there”. This is how Gloria, one of the ProFuturo students living in Malawi, introduces herself. Your dream? To become a doctor.
“School’s important for me because it could help me in the future, allowing me to do anything and become a successful person when I grow up. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor so I can treat sick people”.
Many girls on our educational programme dream of becoming doctors, engineers and mathematicians. This is why ProFuturo continues to promote the involvement of women in STEM vocations by means of educational contents and related online resources. We want every girl to grow up to be what she’s dreamt of being since she was a child.
The power of education in the classroom
This student from Malawi says she’s a fan of all kinds of subjects at school: “I like maths, English, life skills, science and technology, biblical knowledge, expressive arts and agriculture. Tablets are fun and really good. I love doing activities with them”.
However, experience in the classroom with peers and teachers is key to providing quality education. “I feel protected at school and when I’m close to the teacher. My relationship with the teachers is really good and great fun”, says Gloria.
Our work in Malawi
ProFuturo began working in Malawi in September 2019. Since then we’ve implemented our digital education programme at the Dzaleka refugee camp, about 40 kilometres from the capital. The camp hosts around 54,000 people, more than half of whom are children and young people, mostly from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In partnership with Entreculturas and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) we aim to ensure quality education and a safe learning environment at the only primary school in this refugee camp. Guaranteeing the educational continuity of children aged between 9 and 12 in this emergency situation is our main objective.