Girls Network Malawi, an organisation which establishes girl empowerment networks in secondary schools, has embarked on a mentorship programme to promote girls education in the country.
Speaking in a recent interview, Girls Network Malawi executive director Ulala Kondowe said the programme, called Mentor Me, will start on December 1 this year with young volunteer women aged between 25 and 35 pairing up with secondary school girls.
“The volunteers will be providing guidance and basic support to the girls for an initial period of six months,” she said.
Kondowe said Girls Network Malawi came up with the initiative after noticing the challenges girls face in the country.
She said: “ We realised that having a mentor and a role model would help girls stay in school and achieve their goals. Currently, we have vibrant girls’ networks in six schools. However, the Mentor Me programme will only involve girls from one network which is at Chichiri Secondary School.”
Commenting on the development, Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) executive director Benedicto Kondowe commended the programme, saying mentorship is crucial for girls considering that the country’s education system has inadequate female teachers to inspire the female learners.
He said female teachers play a vital role in providing complementary mentorship for the girl child, hence the introduction of the ‘Mentor Me’ programme will help complement their efforts. n