Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre Father Boniface Tamani has emphasised the need to invest in education, saying it is the key that opens doors to opportunities in life.
He was speaking at a fundraising dinner and dance Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School held on Friday at Victoria Gardens in Blantyre as part of initiatives to source money for the construction of girls’ hostels.
While commending the institution for coming up with the initiative and placing much emphasis on the importance of educating the girl-child, Tamani said there is need for collective efforts in helping to build the hostels as they stand to ease the pressure and challenges girls at the institution face.
“It is very significant that the hostels be built as they will play an integral role in providing for a conducive learning environment as the girls will be under close supervision by school authorities who are able to know their strengths and weaknesses, who may place them under groups that will help them succeed,” he said.
Chairperson for the organising committee, Wycliff Chimwendo, said their desire is to build modern hostels that will enable the students have ample time to focus on their studies.
“It is an ongoing initiative. We are still going to have more activities, but we cannot reveal anything for now and we are yet to assess how much we have realised from both our big walk and the dinner,” he said.
One of the parents who attended the event, John Bande, appealed to the corporate world to help in the initiative so that the school can achieve its goal.
The school is currently in a drive to raise close to K1 billion for girls hostels. n