Walking their talk on the theme of this year’s Miss Blantyre, which is Beyond Beauty, the organising committee of the pageant arranged a motivation talk for Blantyre Girls Primary School on Tuesday where the reigning queen Nerani Nthara inspired the girls.
“When we look at the current trends of development, Malawi needs more than beauty in models. That is to say, we need girls who are passionate about development so that they can play their part,” said Ngwira.
Nthara emphasised the importance of educating the girl-child, saying investing in girls benefits the entire society.
“When we educate a girl, we educate the nation because adolescent girls feature in a very critical factor in measuring development indicators,” said Nthara, who is a student at the Polytechnic.
She said Malawi’s crashing levels of poverty; HIV and Aids, early and forced marriages and unemployment were partly blamed on poor promotion of girls’ education.
“An educated girl is less likely to engage in unprotected sex which can result in pregnancy or HIV transmission because she is fully aware of the concepts and consequences of HIV and Aids or teen pregnancies.
“Better still, an informed girl has high chances of completing her education and limit the number of children in order to help controlling Malawi’s soaring population,” said Nthara.
She called the learners to focus on education for them to become responsible citizens.
This year’s Miss Malawi pageant takes place on Otcober 30.