Meet our Parents: Memory Phiri

This week, I thought I’d bring an old interview with one of the Impact Network parents back to life – meet Memory Phiri! Huge thanks to former intern, Nicky Lama for originally putting this together!

Memory is 25 years old and has 5 daughters, 2 of which are currently studying at Impact Network schools. She is a very lively person who has a good stance on why she needs to educate her daughters. Here is what she had to say:


How important do you think educating children is, in your case especially daughters?

I think the more education they get , the better it is. Both sons and daughters should get educated but especially in my case since I have 5 daughters, I think education will help them be economically strong when they grow up. They can become doctors and leaders.

Why did you choose to send your children to Impact schools? Do you see any difference when compared to other schools?

Yes! Thereis a lot of difference. Here at impact the teachers are very good and serious with their teaching. The children also get to use machines (tablets) which makes them smarter. It is also easy as it is very close to the village.

Who helps the children with homework at home?

I try to help as much as I can as I have studied till grade 4. Most times they complete it themselves.

Do you think using the tablets are helping the children?

The children love the tablets! Even when they are at home they talk about how they saw different flags, pictures, animals and colours on the tablet. They say the machine also speaks.

What do you think about higher education for your girls, for which they may have to leave the village?

I think my girls should pursue higher education. The only problem is once students reach higher grades we have to start paying school fees which becomes very difficult for us. Even books and uniforms are not cheap, so I fear I will not be able to help all of them.

Is there anything you want to say to the people who are helping us help your children through education?

Yes! I want to thank them for providing these opportunities to our children. I only hope that they can include higher grades so that it becomes less difficult financially for us and our children can reach higher studies.

It’s parents like Memory and students like her children that make our work worthwhile each and every day!  Memory feels very strongly about education and enthusiasm like hers is a huge contributing factor for Impact Network to continue the work we are doing - to help provide better educational opportunities to the children across our schools.