Hoho Action Plus executive director Noah Nhlane says motivating primary school learners is crucial to reduce dropout rate in Kasungu District.
Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, he said he noted that lower classes have a high number of learners, but the numbers dwindle in senior classes.
Nhlane cited Nsawala Primary School where his organisation donated learning materials and sanitary pads to girls.
He said: “At the school, you will note that Standard One has 92 learners while Standard Eight has 35 learners.
“According to school authorities, learners drop out because they lack learning and sanitary materials.”
On his part, the school’s head teacher Daston Mwale said the learning materials will motivate the learners to return next term.
In a separate interview, Kasungu District Education Office representative Faith Mataka asked the organisation to extend the gesture to other schools when the third term opens.