Promising chess player Shalom Kapende has started schooling at Atsikana Paulendo Secondary School, having been offered full scholarship.
This follows an agreement between Atsikana Paulendo School and Chess Association of Malawi (Chessam).
Chessam Publicity Secretary Alfred Chimthere said this was part of the association’s efforts to nurture and empower girls in both education and chess.
“We appreciate the support and award facilitated by one of the chess veterans Henry Mdyetseni, who is also the director of the school. The passion for chess is what has driven him in offering this award,” he said.
Shalom’s father, Charles Kapende, thanked Chessam for securing the scholarship.
“I thank Chessam President Susan Namangale and entire Chessam for giving Shalom a scholarship. I not taking this for granted. This is the kind of leadership we want in Malawi,” he said.
The school’s director Mdyetseni said they were proud to be part of the girl’s journey.
“We believe she will benefit by attending our prestigious school and we will benefit from her skills by strengthening our school chess team. We look forward to an exciting four years,” he said.
Shalom was at Kamuzu Barracks Primary School. She was one of the Under-15 players that competed in African Chess Schools in Kenya last month.