Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School on Saturday held a big walk from the school premises to Catholic Institute (CI) as part of a campaign to raise K300 million for the construction of hostels at the institution.
The initiative, which is being championed by the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), seeks to raise K1 billion.
Our Lady of Wisdom PTA chairperson Paul Makocho said shortage of hostels has been a long-standing issue at the school.
He said day scholars continue facing many hurdles in their quest to study.
“These girls travel long distances to and from school and, on the way, they meet with so many challenges that adversely affect their performance in class. So, these hostels will positively help them as they will have ample time to focus on their studies,” Makocho said.
Guest of honour at the event, Blantyre Archdiocese vicar general Boniface Tamani said once built, the hostels will provide a conducive environment for the students.
“The girls are exposed to a lot of danger on their way to school and so keeping them on campus will help to protect them. And, on the other hand, they fail to focus because they are usually tired after travelling long distances to attend classes; therefore, it is extremely important that these girls have hostels,” he said.