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Our Lady of Wisdom in drive to construct hostels

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Students and teachers of Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School on Saturday organised a walk aimed at raising funds for the construction of girls’ hostels.

The students, along with teachers and parents, walked from Our Lady of Wisdom campus to Catholic Institute Primary School.

One of the organisers, Pastor Wycliffe Chimwendo, said the initiative is meant to ensure that the students no longer travel long distances to attain education.

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“The girls come from areas that are not close to the school and when they arrive for classes, they are usually too tired to stay alert during lessons. We hope to raise enough funds to build hostels that will cater for 300 students,” Chimwendo said.

The institution plans to raise K300 million.

Another executive committee member who was involved in organising the big walk, Paul Makocho, emphasised the urgency of the hostels, saying “the hostels should have been ready by as early as Sunday”.

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The students said the hostels would ease some of the problems they face.

Form Three student Nabatanzi Mwalweni said the hostels would be beneficial to her because they would reduce travelling costs.

Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Blantyre, Fr Bonface Tamani, participated in the big walk and said the hostels are a step towards attaining girl child education and empowerment.

“If we keep the girl-child safe and educate her effectively, we in turn educate the nation. These girls are prone to dangerous situations when they travel alone to and from school and, so, these hostels will offer shelter and safety for them,” Tamani said.

Our Lady of Wisdom also plans to host a dinner and dance on May 26 at Victoria Gardens in Blantyre as another way of meeting its target.

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