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First lady for improved girls’ education

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First lady Monica Chakwera has pledged to support the coordination of Girls Education Leaders in the country.

She made the commitment during a Girls Education Leaders meeting at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

“Education and skills development of girls is a fulcrum for achieving the 2063 Vision. That is why, through Shaping Our Future Foundation (SOFF), I would like to set a vision for promoting adolescent girls’ learning in Malawi, a critical area, given the drop of in-school girls’ learning, starting at levels of primary education to secondary to tertiary education,” she said.

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Speaking during the meeting, Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) Executive Director, Madalo Samati, said time has come for organisations in education sector to have policies and measures that target girls and boys, especially in rural areas who continue to face acute disadvantages.

“We need to be holistic by tackling the complexities of poverty, HIV/Aids, male-dominated cultural contexts, and poor educational quality. Our girls’ education programming must target both girls and boys especially, change in: the individual girl or boy and their peers, family and community-level structures, and educational systems,” she said.

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