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SOFF Calls for More Support to Girl-Child Education

 The girls in jovial mood after receiving sanitary pads from SOFF and DfG The girls in jovial mood after receiving sanitary pads from SOFF and DfG - pic by Steve Kalungwe

In a bid to keep girls in school under a conducive environment, two organizations, Shape Our Future Foundation and Days for Girls, are implementing a project in Neno and Mangochi which aims at providing girls with free locally made sanitary kits.

Days for Girls Foundation Country Representative, Eunice Chimphoyo Banda, says that it was Her Excellency Madam Monica Chakwera's passion to see rural girls obtaining quality education and grow into productive citizens.

"Our first lady has a passion and commitment to reach out to the village girls in the "hard to reach" rural areas of the country to boost their education so that they too can grow into useful citizens of Malawi," she said.

Banda further says that one of the areas that hinder girls progress in education is lack of appropriate information about puberty and menstruation as well as lack of access to non-hazardous menstrual hygiene kits to use during menstruation.

"SOFF and DfG are giving menstrual health and management education as well as providing non-hazardous reusable sanitary kits to the girls and we are training them on how to use them so that they do not miss classes when menstruating," said Banda.

On his part, Neno District Council Chairperson, councilor Biswas Maganga commended the two organizations for the timely response, saying for example at Thumba primary school, in standard eight, there is only one girl against seven male learners, owing this to lack of provision of proper girl child needs, such as sanitary pads.

Taking the podium, Senior Chief Dambe, in whose area this development is happening, said his wish is to see girls in his area attaining quality education and has since asked government and other well-wishers to consider providing a boarding school for schools as much of them are falling pregnant.

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