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Save the Children intervenes in reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu

Written by  George Bulombola

Ntcheu, October 3, 2014, Mana: In its efforts of complementing Government efforts in the promotion of girls’ education in the country, Save the Children launched a three year project geared at reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu.

Speaking during the launching ceremony at Kambilonjo Community Ground in the area of Traditional Chief Mpando in Ntcheu, Programme Manager for Save the Children, Frank Mwafulirwa said incidences of teenage pregnancies contribute highly towards girl’s school dropout rate in the country especially in primary schools.

“According to Demographic Health Survey of 2010, 28 per cent of girls drop out school due pregnancies and less than 10 per cent of such girls are re-admitted in the schools across the country,” said Mwafulirwa.

Mwafulirwa said among other things the project will promote sexual and reproductive health education amongst school going girls as a means of covering the general health information gap which exists amongst girls.

“It is through such an intervention that he girls will have informed choice in the use of sexual and reproductive health practices and services thereby instilling self efficacy of adolescent girls, besides advocating for an increase in school re-entry rate after pregnancy,” he said.

Mwafulirwa then called on for corroboration amongst all stakeholders including parents, health workers and teachers for the project to achieve the intended goal.

In his remarks, Deputy District Education Manager for Ntcheu, Greystone Alindiamawo commended Save the Children for initiating the project in the district.

“This project is a milestone in the promotion of girls’ education in the district, hence the need for all stakeholders top work tirelessly  so that our girls excel in primary education and advance to tertiary education levels,” said Alindiamawo.

With funding from NORAD at a tune of US$2million (over K800 million) Save the Children in partnership with Malawi Government, Banja La Mtsogolo, Forum for African Educationalists in Malawi, will be implementing the project in six districts of Ntcheu, Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Phalombe and Mchinji.

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