Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) executive director Madalo Samati has asked government to construct more telecentres in the country to enable girls in rural areas learn through digital platforms.
She made the call yesterday at Namalowe Community Day Secondary School in Mulanje District during the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child.
Samati said development indicators have proved the importance of educating the girl child, saying most social responsibilities are undertaken by women.
She said: “During this generation where everything is done technologically, there is need for every child to acquire technological skills.
“Our passion as Creccom is to ensure that children in rural areas have access to digital skills.” Samati also asked stakeholders to help bridge the gap in education between students from urban and rural areas by increasing access to electronic learning in rural schools.
Mulanje District director of education, youth and sports Enock Chumachao said the Covid-19 pandemic has proved the need to promote technology in education.
He said students in rural areas failed to continue learning when schools were closed between March and September last year as a precautionary measure against Covid-19 due to low access to technology.
Said Chumachao: “This occasion provides an opportunity to sensitise rural communities about their right to education.
“More importantly, a girl child is entitled to access education.” One of the students, Diana Nkhoma, echoed Creccom’s call to scale up electronic learning facilities in rural schools to enable them learn during the pandemic, especially when physical learning is suspended.
October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child and this year the day was commemorated under the theme Digital Generation, Our Generation.