UN family join hands to improve girl education in Malawi

The Government of Malawi with support from the United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Children Fund and the World Food Programme has introduced a joint UN Programme on Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in the country.

Speaking in Mangochi on Thursday during a stakeholders meeting, Deputy Director for School Health and Nutrition in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Charles Mazinga said the programme will be implemented in Salima, Mangochi and Dedza.

Many girls are dropping out of school
Many girls are dropping out of school

“The programme will target 79 primary schools in all the three districts. The programme is for three years starting from 2014 to 2017 respectively,” Mazinga said.

Mazinga added that in Mangochi the programme is targeting 32 primary schools and that it will be implemented in Mndinde Zone in the area of Traditional Authority Katuli and Mkumba Zone in the area of Traditional Authority Bwananyambi.

“The main areas of intervention are home–grown feeding, education, protection, sexual and reproductive health and community participation,” Mazinga said.

According to Mazinga, the current amount of funds for the project is USD18, 157,119 (approx K733, 547,608) which has been sourced from the Norwegian Government.

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