Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) has urged girls in Thyolo to work hard in school to attain education to achieve their goals in life.
Creccom executive director Madalo Samati said this on Friday at Nyodola Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in the district where the organisation in collaboration with Bata Shoe Malawi donated 237 pairs of school shoes to girls from Nyodola and Magwengwele CDSSs.
She said: “Education is the only sure way people can beat poverty. That is why we have donated shoes to enable the girls stay in school.
“Second, we want to encourage girls to continue studying at home this time when schools remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Samati also said they donated sets for English, Mathematics and Chichewa subjects to enable the girls study at home.
In his remarks, Thyolo District director of education, youth and sports James Kamphonje commended Creccom and Bata Malawi for the donation.
“The shoes will motivate the girls in the district to remain in schools because one of the factors leading to school dropout is poverty,” he said.
In an interview, Bata Shoe Malawi branch coordinator Grace Nyirenda said the company has rolled out a project to donate one million pairs of shoes globally during this time of Covid-19 to show that they care; hence, the decision to partner Creccom to give girls school shoes.
“It is not only Bata Malawi donating the shoes, but all Bata companies in other countries are doing the same. Next, we will donate shoes to hospitals and other groups,” she said.
Nyodola CDSS student Bridget Bwanausi said she was pleased with the shoes, as her parents could not afford to buy her.