Zomba based youth organisation, Little Big Print (LBP), recently awarded certificates to eighteen girls from Chirunga Secondary school in Traditional Authority Mwambo, Zomba district who underwent fifteen weeks of mentorship program.
LBP seeks to build a network that would see female college students empowering secondary school girls to pursue higher education.
Through the mentorship program, girls were oriented in areas such as early marriages, menstruation hygiene management and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The organisation’s Programs Coordinator Faith Tsoka said a research they conducted recently revealed that only three out of ten girls complete secondary school and even less made it into university.
She added: “we decided to implement this mentorship program where we have trained eighteen girls in various areas so that they should achieve their goals.”
Commenting to the development, LBP founder Elita Chamdimba, highlighted that they have a vision to reach out to many girls but they need support.
“In fact as of now, we want to reach girls in hard to reach areas, strengthen our tools such as our mentor training manual materials as well as curriculum…we really need support from well-wishers,” Chamdimba said.
One of the graduates, Emily Asima said she has benefitted a lot from the mentorship program.
“Cases of early marriages here are many, not only that, sexual activities are also everywhere as well as cases of GBV. I will work hard at school so that I too should make it to university like the mentors,” Asima said.
LBP was established in 2010.
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