Communities around group village head (GVH) Dyanyama in Sub-Traditional Authority Ndanga in Mulanje have applauded World Food Programme (WFP) for constructing a community day secondary school (CDSS) in their area.
The communities said the development will reduce the distance learners used to cover to access the nearest school.
Speaking during the handover of the K155 million facility on Thursday, GVH Dyanyama said the area has never had a secondary school such that children were covering up to 15 kilometres to access secondary education.
He said: “The only secondary schools nearby were about 15 kilometres away. So, it was hard for our children to continue with their education after completing primary school,” he said.
“Girls were also meeting challenges on their way to and from school. Some became pregnant and dropped out of school.”
The chief, who commended WFP for the gift, advised his subjects to take care of the facility.
Shire Highlands Education Division manager Evelyn Njiwa said the facility has been constructed by WFP under Let the Girls Learn project to reduce challenges the girl-child faces in accessing education.
She said the project seeks to increase girls’ opportunities to continue learning and excel in life.
Njiwa commended WFP for complementing government’s efforts to provide quality education in the country.
The facility is scheduled to open in September this year, according to Njiwa.