Catherine (Cathy) Matope comes from a family of four in the Dedza district of Malawi. Growing up, her parents could not afford her school fees. AGE Africa supported Cathy throughout her secondary education. As a natural leader, Cathy was the chairperson for the Church for Central African Presbyterian Student Organization (CCAPSO), as well as the director of school activities at St. Mary's Secondary School.
She graduated in 2019, passing the Malawi School Certificate Exam (MSCE) with an outstanding score of 11 points. Due to her high achievement, she was accepted to attend the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. Cathy is the first person in her family to finish secondary school.
Today, Cathy is studying to receive a Bachelor of Social Science in Social Work. She is one of the beneficiaries of the new AGE Africa higher education comprehensive scholarship program. "I am always frustrated when I see a lot of young girls getting married," she states. "I want to be a social worker so I can inspire girls in my community and help them go back to school."
AGE Africa is proud to help talented young women like Cathy build fulfilling futures by accessing higher education and career development training. In Cathy's words, being the first in her family to attend college is an opportunity to "support fellow women so they can excel in life."
"It's time to show the world what girls and women can do."