Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongyang has advised female students in Thyolo not to deprive themselves of their right to education but study hard if they are to succeed in life.
Liu said this on Saturday at Mpinji Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in the district after handing over a K30 million girls’ hostel.
The Ambassador observed that the hostel, which will accommodate 56 girls, was a great relief to the community as it will lessen the burden of girls covering long distances to school.
“Education is key to your success. So, do not drop out of school. Study hard because through education, you will make wonders for yourselves and the community,” he said.
He added: “I gather some girls walk for about 25kms to get to the school. That is a little more than a marathon. So it was imperative that we build this hostel.”
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of elections Ben Phiri said he helped in the project to reduce girls’ dropout rateand numerous teen pregnancies resulting from walking long distances to and from school.
The DPP politician also handed over a K12 million classroom block he constructed at Chelewani Primary School at Khonjeni.
On his part, Thyolo district education manager Godfrey Kubwense said the block will reduce the classroom-pupil ratio which currently stands at 1:164 at the school.
“So, with 1 216 pupils, it means the ratio will reduce to 1:132 which is better,” he said.
The boarding facility was funded by Chinese Embassy while Phiri provided beds and mattresses. n