AGE Africa Helps Girls in Malawi Find Success Through Commitment to Education

In Africa, Education, Empowerment, Podcast by Mary Kurek

Concepción Gaxiola is the Executive Director of Advancing Girls’ Education-Africa (AGE-Africa). She is normally found at the organization’s Washington DC headquarters, but, just days after our podcast recording, she was flying out to Malawi to spend some time with the staff and girls. AGE Africa works to connect girls to a sustainable future through regular school attendance. The aim is for them to advance into careers or occupations that will help their families and the local economies.

Along with scholarships, the organization provides life-skills programming that has become quite popular, not only because of how it is uniquely delivered, but, because it has instigated conversation groups. These groups helped to keep the girls active during the pandemic and have kept them involved in the program and, more importantly, has increased interest in staying in school.

The success stories are popping up all around the villages in Malawi now, and we will hear some of those as well as all about the organization’s work during this episode. With Concepción, we are joined by her Board Vice Chair, Jeanine Jackson, former US Amb. to Malawi, and Dr. Aaron Smith of Workplace Readiness Solutions.

Meet Concepción Gaxiola:


Concepción Gaxiola’s Bio:

Concepción Gaxiola’s Contact and Resources:

Video Links:

Glamour Article:  Highlighting visit from Mrs. Obama, Ms. French Gates, and Mrs. Clooney in Malawi and their time with AGE Africa.

AGE Africa Site:

Linkedin Profile:

Special Thanks to Co-Hosts:

Ambassador Jeanine Jackson

Dr. Aaron Smith, Workplace Readiness Solutions

Former Ambassador to Malawi, Jeanine Jackson, AGE Africa Board Vice Chair

Dr. Aaron Smith, Workplace Readiness Solutions








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