LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Action Aid Malawi in partnership with Her Liberty has reiterated the need to enhance interventions that promote the education and success of a girl child in an increasingly difficult environment for many girls.
The call was made commemorated International Day of a Girl Child on Saturday in the Capital Lilongwe
The commemoration drew together scores of girls to enable them share their experiences and challenges with role models who inspired them to soldier on with their lives with courage and determination until they achieve their dreams.
Accountability and Gender Response Public Services Specialist at Action Aid Malawi, Yandula Chipeta, acknowledged that life remains miserable for many girls and called upon government and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that girls are encouraged and excited towards attaining their goals.
Chipeta observed that the commemoration was important because it provided the girls the platform to access mentorship which would encourage them to remain in school and withstand the challenges they may encounter in course of their lives.
“We are already helping government in the construction of schools across the country that have relevant structures such as hostels and washrooms to accommodate girls so that they stay in school.
“We also have safe schools that ensure the protection of girls by reporting any violence against girls that may demotivate them from attending school,” said Chipeta.
She added that her organization has also established interactive girls forums and girls clubs across the country and will be holding girls conferences to give the girls a safe space where they would be discussing their issues and have an opportunity to get attached to mentors who will be guiding them on what they want to do in life.
Echoing on the same, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Esnart Chapomba, commended partners such as Action Aid Malawi for their support to government, adding that emphasis should also be on provision of sanitary facilities for girls in schools.
Public Relations Officer for Her Liberty, Chimwemwe Mlombwa, said her organization was delighted to have given the girls a full day of joy, learning and excitement.
And one of the girls, Beatrice Galasiyano, a standard 7 pupil from Kauma Primary School, described the day as important because it gave her the vigour to begin to face head on the challenges she is facing in her daily life.
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