Lack of Role Models Fueling School Drop Out

Nyalonje made the remarks in Phalombe when she presided over the launch of Girls Mentorship Program Nyalonje made the remarks in Phalombe when she presided over the launch of Girls Mentorship Program - pic by Ronnex Chiwanda

Ministry of education says lack of role models and poverty is fueling school dropout among girls in the country.

Speaking to Zodiak, Saturday, Minister of education Agnes Nyalonje says majority of girls have no network with role models to inspire them so that they should complete their education.

She made the remarks in Phalombe when she presided over the launch of Girls Mentorship Program, an initiative being championed by the First Lady Monica Chakwera through Shaping Our Future Foundation.

"The initiative aims at promoting girls’ education in the country through interventions such as provision of necessary resources to vulnerable girls to enable them complete their education" said NyaLonje.

NyaLonje says the program seeks to reach out to a total of 5, 000 girls by 2026 while involving mentors across the country.

She expressed worry that 4, 092 secondary schools learners dropped out of school as a result of pregnancies and early marriages during the 2019/2020 academic year school closure triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chief Advisor to the First Lady, who is also acting executive director for Shaping Our Future Foundation (SOFF) Macduff Phiri, says the foundation is delighted with the number of partners coming in to support the initiative.

On her part, Parliamentarian for Phalombe south constituency, Mary Mpanga hailed the foundation for the program saying, it will help to inspire girls in education.

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