Future African Leader 2015 award winner, Rose Sakala has asked Government and well wishers to take key responsibility to educate girl child.
Speaking in Lilongwe, Sakala said educated girls can help improve the country’s economy.
“The rise in population can be reduced if girls spend much of their time in school and once married they would have a better decision to make on the number of children they want to have.
“As of now the country is already complaining about the population rise and if girls are forced into marriages then the population would be tripled by 2020,” explained Sakala.
She added that it is her wish to support girls in their education and at the same time empowering them to become what they want in life.
Sakala also asked men in the country to take part in looking after the girl child and not force them into early marriages so as to have the great future together.
“As of now we want to ask government if possible to remove tax on sanitary pads so that girls can manage to buy and use, so that they cannot fail to attend classes when they are doing menstruation.
“We want even those that are staying in the village to be able to buy and even those that have more girls in their homes to support them all since some parents say they cannot afford to buy for all the girls they have in their homes,” she said.
She then said it is also her wish to make sure that youths in the country are economically empowered as she has been embarked on a programme to make sure that youths are engaged in entrepreneurships.
Sakala said youths should be given loans according to the capacity building, saying that those that are at the university should be given big loan.
Speaking earlier, Bishop Joseph Manguluti called upon people in the country to hold hands and support needy children to have a better Malawi.
He then encouraged girls to concentrate on education and not rush into marriages to become what they want in future.
The Future African Leader Award is a competition for youths between the ages of 16 to 23 and they are supposed to produce a video clip of three minutes on what they have done in the year.
A 22 year old Rose Sakala, student at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANER) is an adopted child of Bishop Joseph Manguluti and Family. Sakala is a third year student pursuing Agro-Business.
Sakala is also a National Chairperson for Common Wealth Secretariat; she has also embarked on the programme to improve nutrition and empower women and girls economically with Save the Children, girls awareness on education with United Nations (UN) Women and also to empower youths in entrepreneurship skills working with his fellow students at LUANER.
She always get inspired by the words of Pastor Chris Oyakilome of Christ Embassy who said to youths “You are a leader and you have to make an impact in your country and the world. You can be born poor, you cannot change your yesterday, but your today and future.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :