Malawi Woman Resists Early Marriage, Provides Education to Girls
Girls on the Move Secondary School is a symbol of hope for girls from poor families in Malawi. The school is free and welcomes young girls who would traditionally be forced to marry.
"My parents could not afford to pay my school tuition...because they are poor and don't work," said Emily Galenta, a student at the school.
"They are only peasant farmers who don't earn enough," she added.
In the southeastern African nation, more than half of young girls are married before they complete secondary school.
Memory Chazeza Mdyetseni began the school after she resisted relatives' pressure to marry following the death of her parents.
Three years later, the uncle who paid for her education died, and she went to live with her grandfather.
"I was the only girl in the village, and when I asked where the other girls were, I was told they were all married. And in this small village, the expectation was that I was the next girl to get married," she said.
Mdyetseni began working as a volunteer teacher in an all-girls secondary school that had just opened near her village. She became friends with a volunteer teacher from Canada who raised enough money to pay Mdyetseni's college tuition.
After receiving a degree in Bible studies, Mdyetseni and her Canadian friend, Christie Johnson, discussed the idea of starting an all-girls secondary school.
"It's such an achievement (for) a girl child," she said, adding that a girl with an education has many more opportunities.
The school gets most of it funding from Rotary Clubs in Canada, where Johnson now lives. More than 800 girls have gone through the school's program since 2007. Some are now working as teachers while others have gone on to universities.
Manesi Samuel, a graduate, said that without the school she would be married to a subsistence farmer and have several children – a life she did not want.
Instead, Samuel studied economics at the University of Oklahoma in the United States. She plans to start an organization that will bring employment to her village.
Recently, financial problems have forced the school to enroll some students who pay tuition.
Mdyetseni plans to open a few more schools using the same model. Someday she dreams of opening colleges for Malawi girls.
I'm Susan Shand.
1.school tuition 学费
I have to economize every month just to pay your private school tuition.
2.paid for 支付
The farmers will be paid for their grain in cash, instead of IOUs.
3.get married 结婚
Until his finances are in the black I don't want to get married.
4.volunteer teacher 支教老师
I will go to a village in Guizhou, working as a volunteer teacher.
5.More than 800 girls have gone through the school's program since 2007.
go through 参加；完成
He was going through a very difficult time.
The bill might have gone through if the economy was growing.
6.Three years later, the uncle who paid for her education died, and she went to live with her grandfather.
live with 忍受；与...一起生活
Why don't you leave this awful hole and come to live with me?
She has gone to live with her husband's kin.
马拉维“女孩行动”中学是贫寒家庭出身的女孩的希望 。这所免费的学校面向所有遭到传统家庭逼婚的女孩 。
她说，“我是村里唯一的女孩，每次我追问其他女孩的行踪，得到的答案都是，她们已经嫁为人妇 。而村民们的期望就是希望我能成为下一个结婚的女孩” 。
耶瑟妮在一所女子学校支教，学校紧挨着她所在的村庄 。她与加拿大的一位支教老师成了朋友，那位老师为耶瑟妮募捐了大学学费 。
这所学校的大部分资金由加拿大扶轮社提供，这里也是约翰逊现居住地 。2007年至今，有800名女孩完成了这所学校的学业 。其中一些学生成为了老师，还有一些学生迈入了大学的校门 。
如今，她在美国奥克拉荷马大学经济学 。她想创办一家组织来增加家乡的就业岗位 。
耶瑟妮计划再开办几所相同模式的学校 。她希望有一天能为马拉维的女孩创办一所大学 。