Schoolgirls from remote villages in Mzimba on Wednesday took over public and private institutions in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child.
As part of the global observance, Plan Malawi shuttled 47 girls from Traditional Authority (T/A) Mtwalo to Mzuzu and placed them at the centre of service delivery at Mzuzu Police Station, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), National Bank of Malawi (NBM), Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Sunbird Mzuzu and Shoprite.
According to Plan Malawi communications officer Jimmy Gondwe, the international non-governmental organisation organised the mass takeover to give the girls visibility and an opportunity to take control of private and public institutions as a way of preparing them for future decision-making roles.
“Girls have shown interest to do so much more,” he said. “Working in the banks and other institutions has motivated and encouraged them to work hard in class so that they take over such jobs in future.”
Thoko Mlauzi, a pupil from Ezondweni Primary School, said her stint at ZBS convinced her that journalists are not liars as some politicians and scandalous people allege.
“I have learnt that journalists always aspire to report the truth by recording interviews and verifying information they get,” said the 12-year-old girl, who wants to become a nurse. n