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Chikweo-based artists have challenged the community to closely monitor the girl child in all aspects of life in order to ensure she concentrates on education and achieve her goals.

The artists, Friday Ganizani and Kamuloni John, implored the community in their song ‘Muloleni mwana wamkazi aphunzire’ during a sensitisation awareness meeting on the plight of the girl child conducted at Chikweo Community Day Secondary School in Machinga last Wednesday, organised by Family Health International.

They said girls are vulnerable to a lot of challenges when pursuing their studies nationwide. This is a result of poverty which always affects their education.

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” We are passionate supporters of girls’ education. This is because many girls drop out of school for various reasons. It is therefore our aim to change girls’ mindset towards education so that they start dreaming in colour to fulfil their dreams,” Ganizani said.

Both artists, who are Form Four students at the school, vowed to be in the forefront in addressing cross-cutting issues that girls meet every day in their endeavours.

” If girls indulge in risky behaviours, early pregnancies and contraction of HIV and AIDS can follow. There are adverse effects on the girls’ reproductive health such as obstructed labour that may lead to fistula. We therefore, declare total war against those preventing girls from access quality education,” Ganizani said.

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The artists applauded some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for their interventions towards reducing challenges that hinder girls’ access to education.

The song ‘Muloleni mwana wamkazi aphunzire’ tackles infringement of girls’ rights towards their future. It says many girls lack physical, financial and material support to excel in their studies, so, time has come for the community to support the girl child.

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