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Concern Worldwide takes 200 girls back to school

Written by  Thokozire Mtonga
Some of the girls who have graduated proudly show their certificates Some of the girls who have graduated proudly show their certificates pic by Thokozire Mtonga

Mangochi, December 14, 2018: Concern Worldwide has brought back into school 200 girls who dropped out in Traditional Authority Namavi in Mangochi through the organization’s ‘Skill Girls’ initiative under Adolescent Girls Empowerment project.

The project’s team leader, Victor Mthulo disclosed Thursday when the organization conducted a series of graduation ceremonies and project exit meetings in the area of Chief Namavi ahead of the project’s period to phase-out on December 31, 2018.

Concern Worldwide also awarded certificates to 1,800 out-of-school girls aged between 10 and 19 in the area for completing one-year training in adolescent girls’ empowerment that started in January this year.

“The project has been fruitful because out of the 1,800 girls who have graduated, 200 have gone back to school and 250 will start next academic year,” Mthulo said.

“Through the project, girls could now access reproductive health information and services which they could not before,” he added.

Mthulo also disclosed that 100 girls aged between 15 and 19 who felt they could not go back to standard 1 had been referred to adult literacy.

He, therefore, urged chiefs, youth action committees and coaches who are skills teachers for girls, to sustain the project even when sponsorship phases out.

Mangochi District Education Management Information System Officer, Kellon Misomali who represented the District Education Manager during the graduation, said the education sector was proud of the project’s achievements.

He said Mangochi is one of the districts where girls drop out of school due to pregnancy and early marriages but with the interventions of Concern Worldwide, the situation was getting better.

“I commend parents who have been encouraging girls to join skill-girls sessions and my appeal to organizations, communities and all stakeholders is that we should all work together to achieve government’s goal of developing Malawi by ensuring that our girls are educated,” said Misomali.

One of the beneficiaries of the project, Amina Yusuf who dropped out of school in 2015 due to pregnancy, told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview that the one-year training had been an eye-opener to her and that in January, she would go back to school.

Empowering Adolescent Girls Project is an initiative funded by Laureus Sports for Good Foundation.

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