Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) has donated K2.5 million for ‘bring back a girl child to school’project.
Speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Friday, BEAM founder the First Lady Gertrude Mutharika said the rate at which girls are dropping out of school is unacceptable and early marriages among young girls are also alarming.
Explained Mutharika, “Now is the time to speak out against early marriages, and with more actions and bring our girls back to school when they fall pregnant.”
She added that the society’s resistant to change is high, but Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza has shown that it is possible to bring back girls to school to elevate their poverty by breaking the silence and demonstrating strange courage to mobilize girls back to school.
Madam Mutharika then called upon all stakeholders to emulate the good example set by Chief Kachindamoto saying that it is possible to bring the young girls back to the right path of education.
She also said BEAM embraces education as one of its core areas of work as they consider education as a key aspect for beautifying Malawi.
Speaking at the same function, Senior Chief Kachindamoto promised the first lady that she will work hard and will not bring shame to BEAM as she would make sure that all the needs for the girls and their family are met.
She further added that money that would be given to the girls and their families to start small businesses will be well managed.
She said committees would be set to be following the families and help them with the challenges they would face in doing their business and Group Village headmen should also be monitoring the progress and report to Traditional authorities each month.
BEAM Chairperson Mayamiko Mwinjiro said they noticed the gap that existed on their focus area of education which was high school drop outs among young girls.
He said when girls fall pregnant especially those in rural areas they end up being housewives as they lack support, guidance and mentorship.
“We want to help out so that these girls can realise their dreams. Our target is to send them to school up to form four and then train them in entrepreneurship so that with the skills they can run small businesses,” said Mwinjiro.
Apart from paying the girls school fees, the other money would be used for starting up small scale business and every household will get K100 000. 25 girls have been selected from five districts of Mzimba, Thyolo, Phalombe, Balaka and Dedza.—Additional reporting by Andrew NdhlovuFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :