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First Lady lays foundation for K36 million hostels

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PLAN Malawi has pumped in K36 million towards the construction of two modern girls’ hostels at Kwalala Community Day Secondary School in Mulanje West Constituency.

Meanwhile, the First Lady Madame Getrude Mutharika on Wednesday laid a foundation stone to kick start the project, which is expected to finish in six weeks time.

The hostels are expected to house close to 80 girls. Speaking on behalf of the students, Enelesi Mayeso, a Form Four student at the school said they are compelled to endure a 20-kilometre journey to the institution.

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“The long distance to and from the school exposes us to social ills such as sexual abuse and harassment from both boys and sugar daddies. Our studies too have been suffering because we get to school very late and tired, hence failing to concentrate in classes,” said Mayeso.

The school’s head teacher, John Liwonde, confirmed that at least four girls dropped out this year, due to pregnancies.

Plan Malawi Country Director, Lilly Omondi, said her organisation has partnered with Beautify Malawi (Beam Trust) to construct the hostels as one way of providing a safe and secure school environment for the girl child to go and remain in school.

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“The hostels will help in safeguarding the education of the girl child. Therefore, with the partnership of Beam Trust, we will construct girls’ hostels in all districts where we [Plan Malawi] are working like Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mzimba and Mulanje,” Omondi said.

In her remarks, First Lady Madame Getrude Mutharika, who is also an ambassador for ending child marriages, said the hostels once completed will help her campaign to keep girls in school.

“I thank Plan Malawi for the work they are doing in ensuring that children within our country have a chance to a good education. The girls’ hostels project supports government’s effort in advancing girls education in Malawi,” said Mutharika.

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