School dropout among girls at M’dinde Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Traditional Authority (T/A) Katuli in Mangochi is expected to be a thing of the past, thanks to the construction of a $36 000 (about K27 million) hostel.
United States-based Fire Light Foundation constructed the hostel following a request from Namwera Aids Coordinating Committee (Nacc), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) championing girl-child education in the area.
Speaking on Tuesday during the handover of the hostel, Nacc executive director Saeed Wame said the hostel will improve education among girls.
“Our girls were travelling about 56 kilometres to and from M’dinde CDSS.
“The absence of the girls’ hostel forced many of them to drop out. We are glad the hostel will address the challenge,” he said.
Wame said the long distance was also a security threat to the girls.
The school’s head teacher Fred Kalulu said the hostel will solve challenges girls experienced.
“This school borders Mozambique, therefore, the long walk to school through forests was one of the worst things in terms of security.
“We are happy because all that will be history,” he said.
Kalulu appealed to other well-wishers to continue supporting the school, saying it lacks a number of things.
The school has 60 girls, according to the head teacher. n