The call was made at Providence Secondary School in Mulanje by the Member of Parliament for Mulanje West Patricia Kaliati who was the guest of honour at the graduation ceremony of the 2017 MSCE candidates at the school.
Kaliati who is also Director of Women in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party- DPP and an alumni of the school called on learners to consider their past challenges as fuel for the future.
"Like the Israelites in the wilderness before reaching Canaan, you spent the past four years at this institution with a lot of challenges like lack of school fees, decent clothes and other basic resources.
"But now success beckons you as some of you will go to different universities within the country. Most of the women who have been at this school are successful because they grasped discipline and hard work," said Kaliati.
Then the former senior cabinet minister surprised the crowd when she presented a cloth wrapper to each of the nineteen outstanding students.
She also donated a computer set to the school before making a promise that the body of alumni to whom she is herself a member would rehabilitate some hostels at the school.
Addressing the huge crowd earlier the Chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association- PTA, Louis Monisile inspired the students to work hard since her committee has set aside a whooping K500, 000 for each of the students who scores 6 points during this 2017 MSCE.
Monosile also warned the outgoing students to be good flag carriers of Providence.
"It’s never over until it is over. Tread carefully during your final exams, don't relax until you finish. You are our ambassadors and remember to put our school on the map," said Monosile.
In his homily, the Vicar General of the Blantyre Archdiocese Monsignor Boniface Tamani advised girls in the country to use their prime time as a base for their future wealth and refrain from conducts that will lead them to unproductive life.
On her part the outgoing head girl, Hanna Joseph urged her friends not to pay a deaf ear to all pieces of advice teachers and all speakers at the function poured on them by quoting what Chinua Achebe once wrote that one word is enough to the wise.
Providence Secondary School continues to shine both in education and other extra-curriculum activities. It came out on top of the 2017 Association of Teaching English in Malawi- ATEM drama competition and also managed to help needy students within the area.