Camfed urges girls to live as go-getters

CHIKWAWA: Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) Chikwawa office has urged girls to keep working hard and remain committed to their goals in order to excel in life and be a source of inspiration for others.

The remarks were made in the district on Wednesday during a training workshop which the organization organized for learner guides who are members of Camfed Association of Malawi (CAMA).

Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana), Chikwawa Camfed’s District Operations Secretariat (DOS), Emmie Ndadzela said the trained girls are expected to use a never give-up and go-getter attitude to inspire other girls to achieve greatness in life.

We have drilled girls whom we call learner guides. They are expected to take a big role in motivating other girls in their communities. We believe that these learner guides will inspire others within their communities and will inspire positive change, said Ndadzela.

She disclosed that the learner guides have also been drilled in Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and life skills topics. After the training, they will be assigned to various primary schools to act as role models.

We have trained 46 learner guides who will each be assigned a primary school so that they should act as role models. They are girls who have undergone Camfed’s support and most of them have completed their secondary education, she added.

To make sure that girls are sheltered and have a chance to accomplish more in their education, Ndadzela disclosed that Camfed will continue to assist to girls who are in schools.

Recently, we provided 126 bicycles to secondary school girls considering that other girls walk long distances to reach their school. These bicycles will make it easier for them to go to school. We will also continue paying school fees and giving school materials to girls as one way of assisting them to remain in school,” said Ndadzela.

One of the learner guides, Edith Phinso, said the workshop given her necessary skills to inspire other girls to achieve more in life.

The training has given me necessary skills to inspire girls who most need inspiration to get through various challenges, said Phinso.

Chikwawa District Sports Officer (DSO), Sophie Mzunga, who was also one of the co-trainers during the workshop described the mentorship programmes as unique and said it was an opportunity for the girls to learn from others and commit themselves to successful lives.

These girls will make a great positive impact in their communities. These learner guides will inspire a lot of girls in the school that they will be located in, said Mzunga.

At the end of the workshop, Camfed provided all 46 learner guides with manuals and Samsung Galaxy Pocket Phones which they will use in their role as leaners guide.

Meanwhile, Chikwawa Camfed has 1, 968 girls on bursary programme in all 24 Secondary Schools in the district.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA