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Mzuzu City Council approves multi-million kwacha education programme

Written by  Kennedy Nyirongo

Mzuzu, August 11: Mzuzu City Council Executive Committee on Wednesday approved a three-year programme worth 526 813 Euros (about K450 million) which seeks to empower girls to access quality education.

The project which is dubbed ‘Her Education Her Right’ is being coordinated by four organizations, namely, Girls Empowerment Network (GENET), Center for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE), Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) and Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF).

Introducing the programme to the council’s executive committee, EEDF representative, Moffart Njati said the initiative aims to promote girl child education as girls often fall prey to men who manipulate them from continuing with their studies.

He said the program is mainly targeting vulnerable learners in various community day secondary schools (CDSS) from Karonga to Chikwawa.

“It is worrisome to note that 87 percent of girls start primary education and only 18 percent usually enter secondary school. This programme is being pursued to mitigate some of the challenges that girls encounter.

“We felt that there are a lot of interventions in primary education and that’s why the programme has settled for girls in CDSSs and some male learners who are underprivileged,” Njati said.

Some of the activities in the program include provision of bicycles, bursaries, teacher training in gender responsive pedagogy and establishment of girls clubs.

District Education Manager for Mzuzu City, Amon Chavula, expressed gratitude to the development and urged that other CDSSs need to be recommended apart from Chibavi which is the only school selected in Mzuzu.

“There are other schools like Geisha, Sonda and Mchengautuwa where learners travel long distances, therefore, the provision of bicycles can also help ease their mobility challenges,” Chavula said.

One of the goals of the programme is to ensure that there is an increase in enrollment and completion rates for vulnerable girls in CDSSs.

A total of ten CDSSs have been selected for the program and it is being funded by the European Union and Edukans.

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