Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) has embarked on a campaign to encourage youths who dropped out of school to return to school in its ongoing project in 35 schools in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chakhaza in Dowa District.
In an interview last week, Genet programmes officer Twambilile Kayuni said their organisation undertook the initiative after noticing high dropout rate in the area.
“We noticed that many youths dropped out of school due to various reasons and we were moved by the community, willingness to have these youths back in school,” she said.
Kayuni said many girls marry early due to inadequate parental support.
She, therefore, said their organisation is supporting community members by holding sensitisation campaigns to the dangers of early marriages and teaching community members ways of sourcing basic needs for learners.
Kayuni said they have motivated 237 girls in T/A Chakhaza to return to school.
Chimpeni Primary School Parent and Teachers Association chairperson Joel Manda thanked Genet for improving education and empowering girls in the area.