Educate a girl-child, you educate a nation. Teams Advancing Women in Agriculture (TAWINA) organization is making big strides in Dowa district by improving the status and leadership capacity of the indigenous Mkukula community through basic education and leadership training for girls.
The organization through its project Dowa-South East Girls Education Project (SEGEP) being implemented in Dowa South East encourages girl-child education through Bwalo la Tsikana Clubs, an initiative that has been hailed by Member of Parliament for the area, Harry Njoka Chipeni.
Through the clubs, girls aged between 9 and 24 years are able to attain basic education and are able to write and read through literacy and numerical classes supported by the organization.
Chipeni said he was very proud of the impact the organization is making in changing girls’ lives in his constituency.
“I am very proud of the project as it has improved education, you know when you educate a woman you have educated the whole community. If many girls are educated,they will help to develop and improve the status of our communityhence supporting this good project,” he said.
Chipeni said this on Saturday during a meeting with the organization. The meeting was organized for the community to appreciate the progress of the project.
“It is through such projects that we are able to fight early marriages and reduce illiteracy rate among women. When girls are educated, they become empowered and make responsible decisions thereby improving their lives as well as contributing to the country’s development. I am therefore requesting TAWINA to secure more funding to ensure more girls are able to access education,” he added.
The project is being implemented in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkukula, focusing in two areas of Lumbadzi and Mponela and its being funded by Virginia Gilder sleeve International Fund (VGIF).
TAWINA’s Programme Manager, Aness Banda disclosed that due to good implementation of SEGEPproject, funding donors have entrusted the organization with a new one-year project ‘Girls’ Rights In Action Mkukula (GRAM)’.