Miss Malawi 2018 Tionge Munthali has urged girls in the country to concentrate on education for sustainable development of their lives.
Speaking on Tuesday during an awareness campaign meeting on evils of violating girls’ right to education at Chilayeni Primary School Ground in Nyambaro Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkhumba in Phalombe, she said educating the girl child will break the vicious cycle of poverty among rural communities.
The meeting was organised by Women’s Legal Resources Centre (Wolrec) and Theatre for a Change (TfaC) under Right to Learn project with financial support from Comic Relief through Concern Worldwide.
“Stable life needs education that enables us (girls) to have well paying jobs. Do not rush into marriages that jeopardise your bright future. Success in life is guaranteed with education,” said Miss Malawi.
The 24-year-old beauty queen, who is expected to graduate soon with a degree in banking and finance from the Malawi Assemblies of God University (Magu), called upon Phalombe communities to stand up for girls’ education.
In an interview, Wolrec project officer Gladson Namacha said they have intensified the meetings to help communities tackle challenges girls face in accessing adequate education.
“We want parents to be responsible enough of their children’s lives. While girls realise their right to education, communities should know contents of the adopted district’s child protection bylaws,” he said.
The project is implemented in 30 primary schools of traditional authorities (T/As) Mkhumba and Kaduya in the district. n