Hillary Clinton inspires Malawi school girls
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday took a moment to address a group of 66 school girls from across the country where she asked them put education first in order to develop their families and communities.
On the third stop of her five-hour visit in Malawi, Clinton promised that the US government would continue to support education and health programmes to improve the lives of women and children in the country.
She was speaking to the secondary school girls at Camp Glow organised by US Peace Corps volunteers annually, where they learn about HIV prevention, family planning, public speaking and career planning.
Clinton recalled her own years at camp as a girl scout where she learnt new skills and new opportunities which awaited her if she worked hard at school.
"We believe in you, we believe that you will make a difference and we want to be there supporting you as I do. Women and girls have to be involved just as much as men and boys. That's what I want for the future of Malawi," Clinton told the girls gathered at Lilongwe Girls Secondary School hall.
She asked the girls to concentrate on education and build a good life for themselves and communities but also as citizen to vote and care about what kind of government they want.
"I am very excited about what you will accomplish in the future. Now I want you to know that we are here because we think you can make a difference. The counselors, volunteers are preparing you for the future," she said.
She disclosed that the US government would recruit doctors and nurses to train healthcare workers in Malawi as part of its health programmes.