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Pilirani Keren Samson is one of the young women in Mzuzu who definitely have some countless reasons to celebrate! She just graduated from the prestigious Polytechnic and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Journalism, marking her first step away from poverty, gender inequality and setting for herself a strong stepping stone towards her big career and academic dreams ahead.

Sharing her career plans, Pilirani plans to specialize in development communication. “I love supporting people in communities so that they improve their lives and I believe through development messages which are well packaged, peoples life can change for the better” says Pilirani.

SOS Children’s Villages Malawi through the Mzuzu Family Based Care, have been providing support to Pilirani in terms of care, social support and her education support in terms of tuition and other school related materials. At SOS Children’s Villages Malawi, we believe that education has a profound effect on the child’s ability to claim other rights and achieve economic independence for self-reliance hence the educational support.

Pilirani, who is currently doing attachments with Malawi News Agency (MANA), is excited and looking forward to go and be of service to her community and her country. “I want to make my contribution in the industry of journalism by practicing timely objective, balanced and ethical journalism. The increase in the use of social media has influenced sharing a lot of fake news which at times becomes disturbing and harmful to the end users, all these challenges in the sector call for a committed workforce like me and others,” explains jovial Pilirani.

SOS Children’s Village’s Malawi sincerely joins Pilirani in celebrating her success, and calls on other girls to remain focused and determined in their studies as “education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the world” as said by Nelson Mandela.