The Story Workshop through United Nation’s Children Fund (Unicef) has drilled youth clubs and mother groups in Theatre for Development (TFD) and case documentation in Salima District.
Speaking on the sidelines of the training, The Story Workshop project coordinator Given Chichitike said they wanted to engage school girls on issues that affect them and sensitise the masses on the importance of girl child education.
“We want to give communities a platform to share issues that influence girls’ education and find solutions to the problems,” he said.
Chipoka Zone primary education adviser Raphion Njobvu said the initiative was critical in supporting girls’ education in the district because it strengthened coordination, follow-ups and record-keeping.
“Mother groups have been working hard to ensure girls remain in school. However, their impact was not felt because cases were not being documented,” he said.
Njobvu said the initiative will increase girls’ retention in schools.
Mtika Mother Group chairperson Cecelia Chabvi commended Story Workshop for the initiative, saying it will make their duty easy as they will use drama to encourage girls to remain in school.
Unicef, through Salima District Council, is implementing a United Nations Joint Programme on Girls Education programme aimed at promoting girls education in the district.