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Save the Children sends 286 girls back to school

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Save the Children has expressed satisfaction with the progress its Mapping exercise has brought in the promotion of girls education.

Meanwhile, with the help of mother groups, the organisation has sent 286 girls back to school after they dropped out due to various reasons such as poverty and early pregnancies.

Save the Children Mangochi District Coordinator Christian Dzipangani said at the start of 2013/2014 academic calendar, 1206 girls dropped out of school in the seven zones the organisation is working in.

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“Out of those girls, only 99 returned. The situation has, however, improved in the 2015/2016 calendar where out of 627 girls that dropped out of school, 286 have returned. This means stakeholders in the district have reduceed the dropout rate and increased the number of those that are returning,” he said.

Dzipangani, however, blamed parents for not supporting their children’s education as one of the factors that have contributed to the district’s continued struggle with early marriages and school dropouts.

He said in most cases, parents leave their homes early for different reasons such as fishing and when they return, they do not take an initiative to verify if their children went to school or not.

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“Parents are the key to children’s education. They need to be in the forefront promoting education for their children. But the situation in Mangochi is different such that parents do not even care whether or not their children attended school,” he said.

With this scenario, Dzipangani said his organisation is engaged in a mapping exercise where girls are asked to identify places where they feel are not conducive to their education and some of them have even indicated their homes as unsafe places, something which underlines that parents are not doing enough is supporting children’s education.

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