Members of the Bwaila Lions Club in Lilongwe have embarked on a K14.7 million three-year project aimed at keeping girls in school.
Speaking at a fundraising dinner at Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe on Saturday, First Lady Gertrude Mutharika commended the club for the initiative, saying women in society are the least educated and lesser girls are completing their education.
“There is an alarming rate of girl child dropout. It is very unfortunate that in this day and age some communities enforce practices that affect girls’ education. We cannot be talking of ending gender inequality if we allow our girls to stay out of school,” she said.
In her remarks, second vice-governor for Lions District 412, which comprises Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, Chisomo Gunda, said the initiative will provide the basis for early career progression and create future professional leaders.
“We will support the girl child and promote their education. We will also establish twinning programmes with other countries” she said.
The project will be implemented in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Lilongwe District Education Office. n