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Press Trust grants K65m to DSS girls’ hostel

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Press Trust has come to the rescue of a girls’ twin hostel project at Dowa Secondary School (DSS) by approving a K65.53 million grant to cater for roofing, fittings and furnishing, after the structure is constructed by the school’s stakeholders.

According to correspondence signed by Press Trust Chief Executive Officer Patrick Mhango, the project was approved on the understanding that it will be implemented in partnership with Dowa Secondary Alumni Association and the local community.

“Approval of the funding was made on condition that the Dowa Secondary Alumni Association will contribute up to K17.8 million to the project to cover sub-structure works, professional fees and labour costs.

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“The community around the school will also need to contribute local building materials such as bricks and sand valued at about K4.2million. The Trust donation will be used specifically for the purchase of the remainder of building materials and to partly pay for labour costs,” Mhango

The school started enrolling 20 girls per year since 2001. However, there were no support infrastructures for girls in terms of dormitories to offer the same learning environment accorded to the boys, hence putting the girl child at a disadvantage.

“I am very excited with this project because it is going to offer a conducive learning environment for girls. This is because girls are more vulnerable than boys when it comes to learning. It is especially more dangerous when they [girls] are commuting to and from rented premises. Already, I have lost two girls to pregnancies this academic year,” Dowa Secondary School Head teacher Ronnex Banda said

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Dowa Secondary Alumni Association president Haldon Njikho said his association has also donated textbooks and also sponsored three girls to attend the 2016 science fair at the Malawi University of Science and Technology.

The three girls were the best performers in their respective classes at the school.

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