By Bernard Mhone:
About 37 girls in Dowa District can afford a smile after non-governmental organisation There is Hope gave them scholarships.
Some of the girls that were on the verge of dropping out of school are from traditional authorities (T/As) Mkukula and Msakambewa
The beneficiaries, who come from communities characterised by high school dropout rates, have enrolled in various boarding and community day secondary schools in the district.
Speaking during an orientation session organised to welcome some of the students, There is Hope Education Coordinator, Diana Kajasiche, said educating the girl child is a crucial step towards self-dependence of women in both social and financial aspects of life.
“An educated woman can easily support herself because she has what she needs to take care of her welfare. The world is advocating gender equity, and equality that starts at the education level can eventually cross over to the financial level.” Kajasiche said, adding that education helps women develop confidence in their abilities.
One of the girls that had been facing challenges to source school fees, Zena Kalonga, said the scholarship would help her meet her goal of becoming a journalist.
“I have confidence that I will achieve my goals,” Zena said.
The scholarships are part of There is Hope’s drive to keep girls n school.