Lilongwe urban DEM calls on chiefs to safeguard girls' education

District Education Manager (DEM) for Lilongwe Urban, Madam Towera Banda has challenged parents and chiefs in Mtandire township in Lilongwe to take an active role in safeguarding girls from hurdles that impinge them from continuing with their education.

Banda made the call during an open day event that was held at Kamkodola LEA School in Mtandire which is in Traditional Authority Njewa, Lilongwe.

The District Education Manager, who was the Guest of honour, said it is pathetic that a good number of girls drop out of school in the area due to diverse reasons, hence calling for active interventions that will retain them in school. 

"Girls are mostly prone to several social and magnetic forces that divert their focus from education, like child marriages as well as early pregnancies. 

"Looking at those challenges, chiefs, parents as well as stakeholders, we need to collaborate with interventions that will keep them in schools as well as modify their behaviours," Banda said.

Banda: girls are vulnerable to various social and magnetic forces. Pic by Esnath Kalawe 

Banda however applauded the Traditional Leaders, SMC, Mothergroup, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) as well as people in the community for transforming Kamkodola School learners with good manners, as compared to past experience.

She said; "Pertaining to past years, our office used to register more complaints of learners' bad behaviours at this school. 

"As of now, it is a story of the past. This is an achievement to the school and this is describing that Kamkodola is a newly transformed quality learning institution." 

A cross section of invited guests during the open day. Pic by Esnath Kalawe

According to the DEM, teachers at the learning institution have also played a commendable role in transforming the school through their efforts and mutual competent working relationship with learners and chiefs, saying will uplift education standards in the community and help to develop the country in the attainment of Malawi Vision 2063.

Assenting to the DEM's remarks, Senior Group Village Chigoneka said for Malawi to be a prosperous country, leaders have to be in fore-front taking their responsibilities, supporting education for all school going children as well as girls.

"We need to collaboratevely, innitiate with interventions among players. That will help to keep girls in schools. It is very sad to see young girls dropping out of school. 

"It is a task of all of us, as well as the entire community. We need to resuscitate girls' interest in education in this community," GVH Chigoneka explained.

In her words, a standard seven learner Janet Funenji thanked the school admnistration for organising the open day activity saying it has given her a platform to showcase strides attained from her teacher.

Kamdokola Primary School girls singing educative songs during the open day. Pic by Esnath Kalawe 

"I am grateful for the activity. It is a milestone to me and my school, this has really proved that our teachers spend sleepless nights, preparing what to deliver to learners. I will make sure to finish my education," Funenji said.

The open day was held under a theme ' Promoting Education Towards Girls and Boys Regardless of thier Diversity'.

This was the first open day for the school and the entire community since the school's inception in September 2007.

The open day hosted many chiefs from neighboring schools like, Mkomachi, Shire, Mtsiliza as well as Kalambo schools just to mention a few. 

The event was spiced by traditional dances, acrobatics, role plays, galley walk on lesson observations as well as poems.