Civil society organisations working in the education sector have been urged to devise new strategies that can motivate girls to further their education in order to reduce the dependence culture which is associated with most women in the country.
Programme Officer for Samama Integrated Programme which is being implemented by the Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire in Mangochi, Victor Mnelemba, made the remarks in the district on Friday when his organisation donated school uniforms and exercise books to 120 vulnerable girls in the district.
Mnelemba observed that more girls especially those living in the lakeshore districts continue to drop out of school due to various reasons ranging from harmful cultural practices to lack of commitment by their parents and guardians.
“As such it is important for us to try and find ways of motivating both the parents and girls in order for them to remain in school. The situation is very bad in some cases such that you can hardly find more than 10 girls in senior primary classes,” Mnelemba said.
He said through the Samama programme, which is also tackling issues of environment and sustainable agriculture, the Anglican Church intends to support government in improving the social economic status of women who constitute a large population of this country.
“The project will also distribute school bags and school shoes because we have discovered that these things motivate girls to remain in school,” he said.
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