Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) on Thursday held motivation al talks to inspire girls in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkhumba, Phalombe, to work hard in school.
Speaking to the students, musician Ethel Kamwendo Banda encouraged the students to work hard despite their poor background.
“I was also born and raised in a poor family just like many of you. But I worked hard in school while developing my music career because I wanted to realise my vision of sleeping in a better house than the grass-thatched house of my parents,” she said.
Another speaker, Limbe Police Station Assistant Superintendent Elube Mbewe, told the girls it was possible to be a police officer, just like her.
“I am also from here in Phalombe. I worked hard in school to reach this far. You, too, can work in the police service if you work hard,” she said.
In his remarks, Phalombe schools inspector William Namakhula thanked the speakers, saying the talk will help girls in the district to rise above the challenges they are facing to access education.
Wolrec monitoring and evaluation officer Ernest Mujavo said his organisation brought women who went through various challenges to motivate them not to rush into marriages, but to remain in school.
About 7 000 students in the district, a majority of whom were girls, dropped out of school last academic year.