Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECOM) has called upon various stakeholders to join hands as one way of enhancing girls’ education in the country.
Speaking during a tour by some of the Swedish government representatives at Nyumbwe Primary School in Zomba on Friday, the organisation’s Executive Director, George Jobe said their organisation has taken a step further in enhancing girls education in the area by introducing Girls’ Education Support Initiative (GESI) a project that is meeting all needs in assisting girls education from the primary level to the secondary.
“Through Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief (SOIR), the sponsors of the project we see uniqueness as many things are coming out of it like sourcing bursaries, giving out pocket money, writing materials, above all school fees which through it many girls are and have benefitted a lot.
We are working with community members like chiefs, mother groups, because everyone should have the responsibility to make sure girls go to school and achieve what they want,” said Jobe.
On his part SOIR’s Regional Director, Lars Mannberg said it was the wish of the Swedish government to invest in education and girls being in each country of the world they therefore decided to help out in such sector.
“We actually went to Zomba because we looked and made research on the poor areas where we could easily assist and we finally chose Zomba. We are actually very happy with the way the project is going on but we urge parents, village heads, district and education officials to bring their children to school because if we don’t bring children into school, how can we build the future,” wondered Mannberg.
He urged government authorities to make sure education in the country is enhanced adding: “lack of accommodation for teachers, poor infrastructure for school going children is the key factors that are negatively impacting education in the country.”
GESI with support from the Swedish Organisation for Individual Relief (SOIR) has reached out to girls in two zones of Nsondole and St Martin in Zomba. And has since 2011 pumped into the project MK13, 000, 000 yearly with this year alone MK25, 000, 000 and is targeting 26 000 beneficiaries.