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For those young people who ever failed to get the results they were hoping for on their Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) results, they do understand that it can be hard to see the way forward, advice can also be meaningless and  giving up may seem like the only worthwhile option.

This was not the case with Adwel Chipita from Chikhulupiliro CBO in Chadza, who is a beneficiary of the Family Strengthening Programme of SOS Children’s Villages Malawi, Lilongwe Programme. Adwel was getting all his educational support from the Family Strengthening Programme (FSP) as his grandmother who has been taking care of him since the death of his mother, could hardly support his education.

“I needed something like 2 points or below in mathematics, 2 points in Biology, 3 points in physics and chemistry and a credit pass in English to get into my preferred course at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) or the Malawi College of Medicine to pursue a course related to health. Needless to say, I didn’t achieve anywhere near that, I only passed with 23 points which was way below my expected grades. I was not convinced if that would get me to my desired university to study my dream course. I hate uncertainty and I made a decision there and then to go back to school and get my MSCE with 14 points below, this was my driving goal.” says Adwel.

Adwel went back in class and registered for the MSCE exams at Nkhoma Community Day Secondary School for the second time in the year 2020. He was so determined and worked so hard and he is happy that his hard work has paid off. He managed to get 13 points in the recent MSCE with the following grades;  Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Social Studies 2, .Mathematics 2, Chichewa 2, Agriculture 3, and Physical Science 3 and English 6 points.

Adwel is optimistic that he will make it to Malawi University of science and Technology (MUST) or Malawi College of Medicine to pursue his dream course leading him to becoming a health scientist.

His message to the fellow young people trying to figure out their career dreams is simple, keep trying and keep working on your dreams as people who do well in life are those who can take a knock and learn from it.