Women forum donates desks worth K2.8 million to three schools in Rumphi

Rumphi Women Forum (RWF) has expressed disappointment over conditions girl children endure to access education saying they contribute to school dropout rate increase.

Symbolic presentation of the desks

RWF is a non-governmental organization which advocates for girl child and women rights in Rumphi District.

RWF Deputy Executive Director, Chiza Gondwe said Wednesday at Bolero when it donated 60 desks to Bolero, Kanyerere and Chitipwiri primary schools.

He said it is unfortunate that learners are failing to access quality education due to inadequate resources.

“It is pathetic to see a girl child sitting on the floor and this becomes more difficult for such learners to pay attention to whatever is being taught in class,” Gondwe noted.

Bolero Primary School head teacher, Wanangwa Mughandira said the donation has come at the right time as it will ease the challenges the school is facing.

“We are grateful for the donation as it will ease the challenges we were facing. We have an enrollment of over 13,000 learners and most of them sit on the floor due to lack of desks,” he said.

Acting Rumphi District Education Manager, Webster Mkandawire said the average primary school dropout rate in the district is at five percent with girls dominating at three percent.

“This is extremely worrying to see more girls dropping out of school due to factors which can easily be addressed,” he said.

Mkandawire explained that “Although we receive funding from government, it is not enough to carter for the enrollment we have in our primary schools.”

The desks are worth K2.8 million and have been bought with funding from ActionAid Malawi.

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