High Court judge Fiona Mwale has advised girls to utilize opportunities surrounding them to further their studies and careers in life.
Justice Mwale said this at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College in Zomba at end of a three day leadership camp for selected girls from Phalombe, Zomba, Machinga, Mangochi and Chiradzulu districts.
She said the leadership camp was so beneficial as the girls among others got motivational messages from various individuals.
“Basically l shared with them snippets of my life story how I get to where l am. A number of girls asked questions about what subjects get you to college and what they should do so I shared my story,” she said.
The judge challenged young people to become true leaders for the benefit of the country.
“I think everybody is socialized into believing that to be a leader you must be a head of an organization or the owner of an institution. I wanted to inspire the girls into believing that for as long as they see a gap and they fill that gap then they are leaders.”
“Anybody who has the ability to change situations is a leader,” she said.
Mwale advised the girls to have values in life in order to be successful in their career.
“Values are guiding principles, if you know what you are-what guides you, you will be able to make the right choices in terms of your career.”
During the camp one of the female lecturers at Chancellor Dinah Katonda said: “Everything is possible to archive what one wants to be in future and the girl’s just need to work extra harder.”
One of the girls who participated in this leadership camp, Lucy Phiri from St Michaels Girls Secondary School in Mangochi said the camp provided her an opportunity to grasp various motivational messages.
The camp was organized by the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) with funding from MasterCard Foundation in order to empower girls in the country.