A local Non-Governmental Organization in Chikwawa has called on young female teachers to ensure they create an inclusive learning environment for marginalized girls to ensure that the pupils excel in the education.
Youth Coalition for the Consolidation of Democracy (YCD) through its Executive Director Francis Folley made the remarks on Saturday at the end of a three day training workshop where his organization presented certificates to 39 female teachers from both primary and secondary schools around Nchalo.
According to Folley, the three day training covered areas of adolescence in young people, sexual reproductive health, sexual transmitted infections, gender and human rights, unsafe abortions and drug abuse.
“Let me thank you all for participating in the three day training workshop which covered various areas in as far as creating a conducive environment for our girl learner in schools is concerned. It is my plea that the learner out there, especially the girl child who is at risk of dropping out of school, should be protected and given all reasons to value the importance of education,” said Folley.
He asked the female teachers to be agents of change by being role models and knowing how to tackle various challenges experienced by girls in schools as well as giving out solutions to problems shared by learners so that the dropout rate was minimized.
Throughout the training, the female teachers also had some practical lessons in menstrual pad making as one way of ensuring that during menstruation, girls have an option to easily access pads.
On her part, Eva Beaurain, a volunteer working with YCD said the trainings were helpful because they will also enhance coordination between teachers and the students adding that teachers will now be able to identify and deal with problems students face and that students will also be able to face their teachers whenever there is a problem.
“Most young people especially girls find it very difficult when they reach adolescent stage and need counseling. If parents do not handle that particular stage with caution then the girl child will likely have problems,” she said.
She urged girls to refrain from early sexual relationships to avoid contracting diseases in addition to early marriages and pregnancies.