Blantyre, Nancholi Youth Organization (NAYO) says it is in the process of initiating a Girls Talk Initiative Programme aimed promoting girls’ education in the area.
In an interview withMalawi News Agency (MANA) on Wednesday, NAYO project Coordinator, George Medi said the concept hopes to break community resistance and myths that educating girls is not beneficial unlike educating boys.
He said currently NAYO is in partnership with the Greencastle Company based in the United Kingdom which has promised to provide school uniforms for primary school learners in the area.
Assistant project coordinator for NAYO, Dan Gomani said they came up with the idea because they observed some factors which are negatively contributing to low levels of the girl’s education especially in primary schools.
He said the factors include; community resistance especially from the parents towards their children with most parents advocating that boys go to school rather than girls whom they say will be supported by their husbands in future.
Gomani said as an organization, such myths pushed them to consult different schools in the area like Mandimu Primary School, Nancholi and also Mpemba Primary School to appreciate the situation on the ground.
According to him, they discovered that some of the schools are in bad shape and others are located far away which leads to female learners losing interest in attending classes.
Gomani called on other well-wishers to join them in their quest of promoting girl education in the country saying girls have an integral role to play in the development of the economy considering that they make 52 percent of the country’s population.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA