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First Lady pledges support to girls

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First Lady Monica Chakwera has said the country can meet its development goals only if the path to girls’ education is paved.

She said girls are facing challenges to access quality education, citing inadequate teaching and learning materials and poor infrastructure among the contributing factors to the problem.

She was speaking after handing over a girls’ hostel worth K95 million at Katowa Community Day Secondary School in the Northern Region.

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Her Shaping Our Future Foundation constructed the facility using funds from the Japanese Government.

“Join me, companies and other well-wishers in helping the government construct more hostels,” Chakwera said.

Education Minister Monica Chang’anamuno concurred.

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According to a 2022 education statistics bulletin, 234, 647 learners dropped out of school at primary level, 121,016 of whom were girls.

Japanese Ambassador to Malawi Satoshi Iwakiri said people of Japan are supporting Malawi in the education sector because they believe that an educated nation develops easily.

“International evidence indicates that keeping girls in school positively impacts their life trajectory and benefits the well-being of the next generation. Girls in Malawi are facing a number obstacles when accessing and succeeding in school. Therefore, we will continue supporting the educating sector,” Iwakiri said.

The school has 453 students, of which 167 are girls.

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