NEWS | EDUCATION
By Franco Praise Mwachande Jnr
Girl students from Chimwala Community Day Secondary school in area of Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi district, have been urged to focus on their education and refrain from risky behaviours that are detrimental to their future.
The call was sounded when the Advancing Girls Education (AGE) Africa, an organization whose aim is to motivate and empower girls so that they should achieve their fullest potential in life, engaged 54 students at the school recently.
The organization’s District Officer Bertha Bonongwe said her organization was concerned with rapid cases of school drop outs and teenage pregnancies in the district.
In an interview, Bonongwe said it has revealed that many girls in the area are not going further with their education because of various reasons; among others, lack of basic necessities, like sanitary pads to be used during menstruation, and dearth of career guidance.
“Statistics here shows that Mangochi is one of the districts with high school dropout and early marriages. This is so because of cultural beliefs, lack of motivation talks and lack of proper information on the vital of education among others,” said Bonongwe.
She adds: ” on the same we feel that girls need more things than boys we talk of pads. So if the girl child is lacking such kind of things from parents at home they may end up finding themselves through her own initiatives like having multiple sexual lovers. We thought that by providing them with such kind of things it will prolong their life in school and they will eventually finish their education.”
On behalf of the recipients, Razema Chigwenembe expressed satisfaction with the talk as she said she had learnt a lot out of this talk.
” We have learnt a lot today. Indeed cases of sexual relationships are still at critical stage because there are some men who impregnate girls but they end up denying the responsibility as such we expect such cases to be history because we have learnt life skills, capacity building among others,” said she.
Head teacher for the institution, Greyston Chindidya hailed the development saying it had come in time as it would help girls to make rightful decisions. He also appealed to other organizations to borrow a leaf from AGE to help empower the girl child.