Community members, including traditional leaders, teachers and students from Wiliro in Traditional Authority Kyungu, Karonga, have commended Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese for promoting girls’ education through various initiatives.
The communities expressed their gratitude when the bishop visited the diocese’s newly-constructed St. Monica Community Day Secondary School (CDSS).
“We would like to thank you, Your Lordship for the support you are rendering to us. Apart from the spiritual support that you offer us, we are grateful for your support in the education sector,” said one community member, Ben Kalawo.
Speaking on behalf of fellow students, the head girl Matrida Kalawa said the construction of St. Monica CDSS has reduced the distances they used to travel to access secondary education.
“We were also exposed to various challenges such that some of our colleagues opted to drop out of school and get married,” said Kalawa.
Bishop Mtumbuka challenged girls in the diocese to live a dignified life and work hard in class.
He encouraged parents, guardians and teachers to care for children—especially the girl-child, saying they are the future of the country’s socio-economic development.
“We are concerned with girls’ education and we plan to open up more schools in the diocese,” said the bishop.
St. Mary’s and St. Monica secondary schools were constructed with financial support from the Mathiles Family of United States of America and Johannes Beese Foundation of German. n