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HAPPY— Nyirenda

School drop-out rates among adolescent girls have dropped in the areas of Traditional Authorities Amidu and Kalembo in Balaka District.

Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women (Cavwoc) Projects Officer Khumbolane Nyirenda described as positive statistics that indicate that the rates have dropped from 67 percent in 2019 to around 30 percent this year.

“Through various initiatives, we have also managed to rescue and retain in school 15 girls and five boys who dropped out of school due to early marriages, teenage pregnancies and poverty, among other reasons,” she said.

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Oxfam Malawi is implementing the project in partnership with Cavwoc, the Family Planning Association of Malawi and Network for Youth Development.

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