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CAMFED says girl child education reduces poverty in families

Written by  Sarah Munthali
CAMFED committed to ensuring that girls in the country have access to education - File Photo CAMFED committed to ensuring that girls in the country have access to education - File Photo

Mchinji, March 14, 2018:  Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) organization has said it is committed to ensuring that girls in the country have access to education in order to reduce poverty in families.

CAMFED Chief Executive Director for Africa, Angeline Murimirwa, made the remarks when she visited CAMFED bursaries’ beneficiaries in Mchinji on Tuesday.

“At CAMFED, we are aware that girls walk long distances to school and have limited resources to complete their education, hence our commitment to provide for these vulnerable girls from poor families.

She said CAMFED ensures that girls are protected and become change agents in their family as well as the community once they complete their education.

“I visited some schools in Mchinji which have poor infrastructure, especially girls’ hostels. While our organisation is not entirely funding infrastructure, the organisation will team with other entities to improve infrastructure in schools to ensure that girls learn in conducive environment,” she added.

Mulimirwa said CAMFED, which started in Zimbabwe, but is now in other African countries is supporting girls’ education by providing bursaries, learning materials, uniform and other resources to ease challenges a girl child faces in her education.

She said her organisation also supports out-of-school girls with grants to ensure they improve their lives and that of their communities.

In her remarks, District Education Manager (DEM) for Mchinji, Nellie Kamtedza, commended CAMFED for supporting girls in the district, a development she said has reduced school dropout cases.

Launched in 2012 in the district, CAMFED has since then supported 1035 girls in 20 secondary schools through its Keeping-girls-in-School Project.

The Mchinji District Education Manager, however, said girls still face challenges such as walking long distances to school and lacking role models, especially in rural areas, to inspire them to complete their education.

“Most girls are faced with more challenges such cultural influences, especially Mchinji being a boarder district, idleness after completion of school and inadequate teaching and learning materials in schools,” she added.

CAMFED organisation is funded through DFID, Master Card Foundation (MCF), Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) and Human Dignity Foundation (HDF).

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