CEWAG interacts with girls at Nsalu Secondary School

Lilongwe, Head Teacher for Nsalu Secondary School has commended Coalition for Empowerment of Women and Girls (CEWAG) for donating sanitary materials to the girls at the school.

The Head Teacher, Austin Malili expressed his gratitude in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Monday during CEWAG’s second visit to the .school to interact with girls on various issues under its program Girls Dream Big.

Most of the girls in the rural area are poor such that they cannot afford to buy their personal needs. What CEWAG has done is really helpful by giving to the girls for free what they need but cannot afford to buy, he explained.

Malili thanked CEWAG for motivating the girls on various topics for their wellbeing saying this would encourage them to work hard and make better choices for their lives.

The knowledge that they are imparting in the girls is in a way making our job easier because as teachers, that is what we encourage our girls, the Head teacher stated.

Head girl for the school, Queen Gondwe said CEWAG’s visit to the school has been fruitful.

There are so many things that we did not know as girls and we were not free to express them to anyone but CEWAG has opened our minds to awareness of our rights and positive living and hygiene as well as dreaming big in life, she added.

We would like thank CEWAG for the sanitary materials donated to us because this will encourage our hygiene as most of us cannot afford to buy them on our own, Gondwe pointed out.

The Head Girl appealed to CEWAG to keep up the good job and even reach out to other schools as well.

The Executive Director for CEWAG, Beatrice Mateyo expressed satisfaction over the interaction saying the girls turned up in large numbers than their previous visit and that most girls were free to talk during the interaction.

Our aim is to encourage the girls towards their education after we heard various challenges that they face one of which is lack of information in various pertinent issues, she said.

Mateyo noted that, After interacting with them they are now aware of the things they did not know. For example , the girls here did not know about re-admission program whereby a girl can go back to school after giving birth, for us this is very satisfying knowing we have imparted knowledge that they did not have.

She said that she was concerned with the high demand for the sanitary materials they donated showing the girls were in need of them.

The interaction session which attracted about 300 girls from the school and other surround schools focussed on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender-based Violence, Using Education as Key for Empowerment, Health Living and Making Better Choices.

After the interaction, CEWAG officials donated Sanitary Pads and Body lotion to the participating girls.

Source: Malawi News Agency