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EFT awards best girl pupils in Karonga

Written by  Daniel Namwini
Tembo (R) awards the best girl while her had teacher looks on- pics by Daniel Namwini, Mana Tembo (R) awards the best girl while her had teacher looks on- pics by Daniel Namwini, Mana

Karonga, August 1, 2019: With an aim to improve quality education, recently, a local non-governmental organization called Education Funding Trust (EFT) awarded best performing girl pupils at St. Mary’s girls primary school in Karonga.

Founder of the organization, Taonga Tembo said they mainly focused on end of year examination results which, more or less, sum up the whole academic year.

“We have awarded 50 school girls from standard 5 to 7 who were on position 1 to 5 with various learning materials such as pens and notebooks among others worth K165,000,” Tembo said.

He further said that the organization has been engaged in various activities including the purchasing of school uniforms for pupils as well as conducting motivational talks to raise the quality of education in Karonga and the nation at large.

According to Tembo, EFT is planning to purchase sanitary materials for girls who cannot afford in secondary schools, pay school fees for them as well as mobilize the community through chiefs to help reduce the school dropout rate in Karonga.

A standard 7 pupil at the school, Doreen Phiri, thanked the organization saying the awards will encourage them to work hard in the next academic year.

“This has motivated us a lot that we are eager to work even harder next term so that we can do better than this term and it will help to encourage more children to come to school knowing that if they do well, they will receive an award,” Phiri said.

St. Mary’s girls primary school head teacher, Rodney Chitete advised the awardees to continue working hard in class so that they achieve their goals in life.

“Pupils should know that though government, civil society organizations and other donors can help them, they need to put in place the use of the small help they get to excel in their academics,” Chitete said.

He asked the public and well-wishers to work together with the Education Funding Trust so that many girls should be able to access quality education and rescue them from early marriages.

Education Funding Trust which is based in Karonga was founded in 2017 by a group of patriotic youths with the aim of improving the quality of education in the country.

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