Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) has urged girls in schools to develop a hardworking spirit and practice what they learn in class to become successful citizens.
Speaking on Sunday during a quiz competition held at Chikwawa Secondary School, Camfed’s District Operations Secretary (DOS), Emmie Ndadzera said there is need for learners to practice what they are taught in class in order to deliver as expected.
The quiz competition brought together form 1 female learners under the 10 year Master Card Foundation (MCF) Scholarship from Chapananga, Chikwawa, Ngabu, Makande, Dzumira and Nchalo Secondary Schools to battle it out in the competition.
Ndadzera urged the girls to remain focused and not lose the scholarship opportunity which will see them through for the next ten years.
“The activity today was organized to increase communication and participation among the girls under the Master Card Foundation, while encouraging them not to lose it by any means. This is a great opportunity for them as the scholarship will see them through to the universities with full support and the only way to appreciate this donor support is through their hardworking spirit,” she said.
Ndadzera emphasized the need for girls to refrain from sexual relationships and loss of concentration that can negatively contribute to their studies and disappoint the donors in the process.
On her part, Manes Mpangowalimba from Chapananga Secondary School who is Chairperson for the Teacher Mentors under MCF commended Camfed Chikwawa office for organizing the quiz competition saying it would likely help improve their performance.
Taking her turn, guest of honor at the quiz competition, Dr Winnie Mhone who is District Medical Officer for Chikwawa said as much as education is viewed as important for both girls and boys, it is sad to note that after 52 years of independence, Malawi is still facing challenges that are denying the girl child access to education.
“When girls are educated, future generations will likely benefit and will be able to understand issues happening in life. There are increased cases of maternal mortality, infant mortality, domestic and sexual violence because a larger population of women in the country especially in rural areas are illiterate and are unable to understand these issues,” said Mhone.
She advised the girls during the quiz competition to adhere to advice given to them by parents and teachers noting it is what will see them though in life’s challenges.
At the end of the quiz competition, Mwaiwawo Philip from Chapananga Secondary School scooped top position seconded by Euriter Makungwa from Nchalo Community Day Secondary School.
Master Card Foundation under Camfed is supporting 60 girls with 10 year scholarships from the 692 beneficiaries Camfed is supporting in Chikwawa District.