International Women’s Day 2019: meet Anna

Anna’s Aim

On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019, we want to recognise our strong, intelligent and fierce Temwa ladies at home and abroad.

If you saw our latest social media post we mention Anna, here you can keep reading her story and find out why we want to focus on her on this special day.

Introducing: Anna Kamanga

Anna, 23, lives in a crowded house of 12. Her parents opened their house to orphans as well as her, her three siblings and wider family members. This means limited money and a lot of mouths to feed.

While growing up, they depended on a small-scale farm. But Anna was determined to build a better future. 

Anna went against the norm in her village of Chisala to reach new heights of education. As a girl, the second eldest and from a poor household, it would be expected for her to drop out of school, get married or worked on the family’s farm but Anna was the first in her family to complete secondary school.

Yet, despite her tremendous academic performance and passion to go on to higher education she did not have the means. 

Upon hearing about her determination, Temwa selected Anna to be part of a teacher training pilot scheme in 2013. The scheme targeted high-performing secondary school graduates from vulnerable households to help them meet all the costs needed to complete their further studies.

Through this support, Anna was able to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher.

Anna now teaches at Sangano Primary School in Nkhata Bay North. She is dedicated to improving students knowledge and encourages them to pursue better careers. Coming from the same background, she is a role model and inspires young girls to stay in school.

Anna is a wonderful example of how widening access to education for girls is vital, not just for families but whole communities. When girls are educated, it multiplies progress and development. 

Moreover, the higher level of girls education and attainment is positively related to getting pregnant and married later, which in turn helps reduce the risk of experiencing violence and increases their household income potential.

She said..

“I am happy that I have made it as a professional teacher in my community and being the only child in my family to reach this exalted stage since my elder brother failed even to complete his secondary school.

I can now encourage and support my family (my parents, brother, sisters, relative and fellow youth in the society)”

Anna loves her new job but she wants to help students travelling from remote areas to reach it more easily.

What’s Next

Since this interview and following community consultations, Temwa has been working with schools in Nkhata Bay North to do just that. Funding from the British and Foreign School Society has enabled us to build a girls hostel in a pilot school, allowing students who live far away to stay on site during the week, as well as girl-only reading camps and village-level young women reading groups. Something we hope to expand across the region.

Through you support, we’re continuing to empower women and girls to access education and stay in school, through improved school sanitation facilities, Early grade literacy programmes, Usisya library and secondary school bursary schemes. We look forward to what the future holds for these empowered girls and women.

Watch the video below to see how secondary school students have been impacted by our bursary schemes. Enabling them to pursue careers just like Anna. 

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