Elita Chamdimba is one exceptional young woman who is making a difference in fellow young women’s’ lives in secondary schools in Malawi.
Through her Students with Dreams (SWD) project “Little BIG prints”, she has been able inspire and empower girls to work hard and dream bigger.
“Little Big Prints is a project that gives educational mentor-ship to girls in secondary schools in Malawi. Our main goal of the project is to increase the number of girls that apply for Tertiary Education. We do this by providing them with immediate role models who guide them through the process. These role models are usually female college students.” explains Elita
Elita explains how SWD helped her to bring her dream to life.
“While exploring for my undergrad dissertation topic I startled upon a lot of information which altered my dream. Information on how most girls drop out of schools as we go up the education levels. In secondary schools, there are more boys than girls which indicate that the higher the education levels, the lower the number of girls. Reading things like these made me wonder, “why girls? And why isn’t someone doing something about this?” I experienced ‘hope not deferred’ when this dream was fulfilled back in November 2013 because of an outstanding leadership program called Students with Dreams (SWD).”
Little Big Prints was implemented under the Students with Dreams Programme in 2013-2014 and after graduating from SWD, the project continued and is still running up to date.
“During my SWD project year I learnt a lot of leadership skills which have been very useful when running the project and in my career. I was able to transfer these leadership skills to people who had the same dream and we ran the project together. I just got back from Norway, where I was doing my Masters in Social Sciences and even when I was away, Little BIG Prints was still running in Malawi by the leaders that are here.”
“This year we got selected for the Social Impact Incubator, so now we are part of this programme that is giving us an opportunity to develop our skills capacity and capacity to run on the ground and to grow not just in the impact but also in the outcomes that we are producing. We also got to work with an Organization called “ONE” and we were featured on their website as a feature story because this year they are doing a campaign on girls’ education."
“Little BIG prints has expanded to work in communities all over Malawi, as some of our mentors who are now working and living in various communities have continued with the dream and they continue to inspire and motivate girls in the schools and communities around them. Even though it was not our goal, we sub-consciously developed leaders!”