Mzuzu, September 10, Mana: Nkhata Bay based non-government organization (NGO), Temwa Sustainable Community Development, has donated a 40 bed girl’s hostel worth K15 million to Usisya Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Nkhata Bay to counter a 20 kilometre distance some learners walk to and from school.
The donation includes beds and mattresses and has been made possible with support from British and Foreign School Society.
Receiving the hostel on behalf of government Nkhata Bay District Council official, Wilson Gandali said the donation will prevent girls from dropping out of the school because of long distance.
“Learners come from very far areas such as Bula and Tawone and some of them dropped out of school. The hostel will assist girls to continue with education. Nkhata Bay District Council has long and short term plans of constructing hostels in some CDSS also to shorten long distances for the learners,” he said.
Temwa Sustainable Community Development Malawi Acting Chief Executive Officer, Kondwani Botha said his organisation constructed the hostel after seeing the topography which is hilly with families leaving far from each other.
“Most of the girls in secondary school walk long distances of about 15 to 20 kilometers to and from school every day. This led to high dropout, absenteeism and very low pass rate in forms two and four. Some of the girls dropped out of school because of teenage pregnancies and child marriages which we are hopeful will be addressed if girls are accommodated right at the school,” he said.
Head girl for Usisya CDSS, Lucy Mkandawire said the hostel has excited girls mostly those who walked long distance.
She said girls walked long distances while afraid of possible rape attacks among other threats in the hilly area.
“We are grateful to Temwa Sustainable Community Development for building us this hostel because it will save us from many violations including early marriages,” she said.
Usisya CDSS was opened in 1976 by communities.
Temwa Sustainable Community Development is a registered UK charity organisation operating in Nkhata Bay in the catchment area of Usisya in education, health, skill development and agriculture.