Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) has asked girls in Thyolo District to work hard in class to achieve their goals.
Speaking on Saturday at a two-day retreat for primary and secondary school girls at Malosa Primary School in Traditional Authority Changata in the district, Creccom programmes manager Linice Sanga said the girls ought to continue with their education.
“Under our Empowering Girls through Education [EGE] project, we organised the retreat to create a space for girls to voice out their issues and have role models inspire them,” she said.
Sanga said EGE project is an advocacy intervention targeting the challenges teen mothers and other girls who dropped out of school experience when they return to school.
Rose Chunda, a University of Malawi graduate, told the girls to aim high in life.
“Education is a ladder to success. So, I urge you to focus on your studies and not get carried away by petty issues,” she said.
Thyolo district social welfare assistant Brian Namulueso said gender-based violence issues leading to girls’ school dropout were declining.
“This is due to increased awareness by Creccom and other organisations,” he said. EGE project, funded by Rise Up under Public Health Institute, started in 2018 and will end in December 2019.