First Lady Gertrude Mutharika Tuesday emphasised the need to promote education in the country to ensure continued development.
Mutharika made the remarks during the official opening of two community day secondary schools (CDSS) in Zomba built by Save the Children at Tillie and Bevlee, with sponsorship from two donors, Professor Gerlard Breslauer and Wunderkinder Foundation.
Mutharika said that, for the country to develop, education should be promoted at all levels.
“It is sad to note that there are still parents out there who are forcing their children to marry so that they assist the parents once they get married,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to Save the Children for constructing the two secondary schools while calling upon guardians to encourage their children to work hard in class.
The First Lady said construction of the two schools has reduced the distance that learners cover to get to school, thereby minimising cases of school drop out.
“No country can develop without education,” she said, adding that there is need to invest in girls’ education.
She called on traditional leaders to ensure that all school-going children in the area attend and remain in school to ensure that their right to education is respected.
“Sending these children to school will be a great appreciation to the donors who have constructed these two schools,” Mutharika said.
Save the Children US Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Miles, commended the government and communities in Zomba for supporting implementation of the project.
She commended Gerlard Breslauer and Wunderkinder Foundation for providing financial support for the construction of the two schools.
Miles pledged continued support for children initiatives by Save the Children.
Since 2003, Save the Children has assisted over 79,000 children in Zomba
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