Female boxer Catherine Phiri has been handed a college scholarship to study in Italy when she completes her secondary school education.
The WBC female bantamweight champions is a beneficiary of the Justina Mutale Foundation that is offering 25 scholarships to talented underprivileged girls and women across Africa.
The Justina Mutale Foundation has partnered with the European School of Economics (ESE) to offer Business and Leadership Scholarships while the Rai University of India will offer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships to the women and girls.
In a statement released by first press secretary press and public relations at the Zambia High Commission in the UK Abigail Chaponda , Catherine was awarded a sports management scholarship that was officially unveiled on Thursday at Zambia House in London.
“Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Excellency Mr. Muyeba Chikonde said in his welcoming remarks that Zambia attaches great importance to the empowerment of women and girls and has practically demonstrated this through various ways and that is why organisations such as the Justina Mutale Foundation which is complimenting Government’s efforts should be supported,” the statement read.
Chikonde added that the sports management course will be a stepping stone for Catherine after she hangs up her gloves.
Meanwhile, Justina Mutale said at the function that Catherine and 24 other female recipients will be the first to benefit from the scholarships.
“We all need to acknowledge that our Governments do not have all the answers, nor the requisite resources to solve the problems that our Continent faces regarding educating our youth, especially our young women and girls. Our scholarship programmes aims to give young women from Africa an opportunity of a lifetime. Cross-cultural learning and studying abroad can be transformative to one’s future and outlook on life”, Mutale said.
Meanwhile, Catherine has 11 wins and one defeat.