• December 2, 2022 4:06 pm

First Lady stresses of promotion of girls education in UK  

Linda Moyo 

First Lady Monica Chakwera has emphasized the importance of promoting girls education saying it accelerates a country’s social economic growth.  

She made the remarks on Monday in Blantyre Scotland during the Girl Child Partnership Meeting at David Livingstone Museum the birth place of the Scottish missionary Dr. David Livingstone.

The meeting focus on the First Lady’s work through Shaping Our future Foundation and her other engagement work she is doing to support girl child in the country.

Chakwera outlined her priorities and that of the Shaping Our Future Foundation (SOFF) in relation to promotion of girl’s education to Scotland-Malawi Partnership and other partners.

“Whilst Malawi has made some gains in the area of education, including the introduction of free primary education and other initiatives to increase school enrolment like, the school feeding programme but It is indisputable that there still enormous challenges which seriously hinder the education in Malawi especially for the girl child.

“That is the reason Shaping Our Future Foundation was established to compliment Government’s efforts in raising the profile of the girl child” She Said.

She further said COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the outlined challenges with Malawi witnessing a depressing spike in teenage pregnancies due to shutdowns of schools during the pandemic. 

She further said the pandemic has also worsened the economic situation saying some of their parents or guardians have lost their sources of income. 

“This has put girls at the danger of sexual exploitation as they seek money for their school needs,” she added.   

In his remarks Scotland-Malawi Partnership, Chief Executive Officer David Hope-Jones said the importance of the bilateral relations between Malawi and Scotland cannot be overemphasised adding that is the only way to carry on the legacy of David Livingstone.

“Here at the Scotland-Malawi Partnership, we believe there is need of mutual respect and understanding in order to support girl’s education in Malawi. 

“Malawi is like home to the people of Scotland, as highlighted by various national and international development agendas, access to education is a fundamental right and this education should go to the highest education status one can attain. 

He said it is his desire and dream to see many girls in Malawi attain and complete their education.

In October last year the first lady launched the foundation with the aim of promoting a holistic development of village girls and street child.

The first lady has accompanied the President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera who is in Scotland for the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change COP26.

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