Care Malawi urges high self-esteem for the girl-child

Care International in Malawi says there is a greater need for the girl children in the country to develop self-esteem and confidence in order for them to achieve their educational and social goals in the society.

Picard: Girls need to believe that they have same rights as boys
Care Malawi officials and girls engage ina dance at Capital Hotel

Care Malawi country director, Matthew Pickard, made the remarks in Lilongwe on Wednesday when the organisation held a luncheon as part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day of Girls.

“In Malawi, girls face significant challenge. So, Care Malawi is working in a number of projects [to improve the livelihoods of girls in the country]. But the fundamental thing is that girls should believe in themselves. They have to believe that they have same rights as boys. They should be given the same opportunities,” said Picard.

The Malawi Care International boss observed that girls in Malawi are facing a number of challenges that hinder their progress both in education and other social fronts.

Pickard said International Day of Girls is a special day Malawians need to celebrate and recognise the potential of girl children in the society.

Cynthia Kane, a pupil at Khuza Full Primary School in Kasungu, disclosing that rape, poverty and long distances, among other things, as they journey onto school, are but some of the major problems hindering their progress in education.

Un her plea, Kane therefore, called upon relevant authorities to join hands in uplifting poor girls out of the poverty trap that normally forces them into early marriages.

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