MAGGA, DAPP Embarks on "Keeping Girls in School" Initiative
Concerned with high unemployment rate among graduates, Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA) in collaboration with Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) has embarked on training girls with technical skills in Dedza and Salima.
Speaking during a certificate presentation ceremony in Dedza Deputy Commissioner of MAGGA Lucy Nkhoma told Zodiak Online that 20 girls from Salima and Dedza have so far benefited.
"The girls have been equipped with tailoring and designing skills to be self-reliance and self-employed."
"Apart from the course, MAGGA with funding from UN Women Malawi under the IBSA fund has given the girls sewing machines and other sewing materials as a starter pack for their business," said Nkhoma.
According to Nkhoma, Malawi Girl Guides Association has been implementing the Keeping Girls in School Project aimed at accelerating the elimination of child marriages and offering scholarships to girls and young women in Salima and Dedza T/A Mwanza and T/A Kachindamoto respectively.
The project used a safe space mentorship model and targeted child marriage survivors, community members, and parents.
Senior Chief Kachindamoto and some girls in Dedza have commended MAGGA for the support.
The project was implemented with support to UN Women Malawi from the India, Brazil, and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation (IBSA Fund).