Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) has urged parents and teachers in Dowa district to be at the forefront in promoting girls education for them to achieve their dream.
Genet Project Officer Biata Kadammanja said this on Monday at Golong’oza Community Day Secondary School in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa during a meeting which they organised with parents, teachers and girls at the school.
Kadamanja said girls in the district experience alot of Gender Based Violence (GBV) which include denied access to education because of cultural factors, a development he said is out of fashion.
“So far we are running a project in the district called Improving Secondary Education in Malawi (ISEM) targeting girls and we focus on enrolment, retention and completion of their education in targetted CDSS.
Through the project, we are training girls in areas such as goal setting, menstrual health hygiene, self esteem, Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and GBV’s just among others,” she said.
Added Kadamanja: “Our main aim is to reduce negative socio-cultural norms affecting secondary completion rates among female and we’re providing school fees to those in need not only that but we are also providing bicycles to some girls to cater long distances.
One of the beneficiary of the project, Mary Lukali, a form 3 student, said the project has been beneficial for her since at first she was struggling to get fees to complete her education.
“I come from a poor family, and most of times it was difficult for my parents to pay school fees but the coming in of Genet with the project has eased some of my grievances,” said the 14 year old nurse aspirant.
Commenting on the matter, School head teacher, Tobias Chidzalo commended the organisation for the project saying it promotes the spirit of hardworking amongst the girls.
He however, appealed to other NGO’s and government to assist them by constructing some houses of teachers as the ones they are residing in were constructed by traditional leaders in the village.
The organization is implementing three years project in three district Dowa, Kasungu and Mchinji and it’s funded by European Union and co-finaced by OXFAM.
Picture: Kadammanja talk to the girls and parents