Say No! To early marriages

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   October 18, 2019
PIC: The team pose with the Mfera students after the talk
As a way of celebrating ‘The International Day of the Girl Child”, which falls on October 11, four female Polytechnic members of staff from different departments visited Mfera Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Chikhwawa district to motivate and empower girls in different areas.

The four are; Tadala Namakhoma from Engineering, Sarah Khudze from CIT, Rosanie Malolo, Wash Research Coordinator and Carol a Quantity Surveyor.

One of the lecturers Sarah Khudze explained that according to the Headteacher, Mfera is one of the rural CDSSs in Chikhwawa having records of poor performance by girls.

“He also informed us that only boys are selected to go to public universities. Most girls do not put so much effort in their studies, which contributes to their failure. In addition, most girls indulge in sexual relationships with truck drivers as the district is close to the border,” Khudze said.

As a result, the group decided to visit these girls to empower them, stand as role models, motivate them and also to discuss how best they can handle the adolescence stage, since ignorance to this leads to early pregnancies resulting into school drop outs.

Khadze further explained that the girls were so much excited to have such kind of a talk as it challenged them to think outside the box and never undermine their potential. 

“A form 2 student, informed us that peer pressure and lack of school resources are some of the challenges. As a way to overcome peer pressure she suggested that girls should get to know their values and associate with right people who add value to their lives,” she outlined.

The team has planned to visit more girls, especially those from rural areas, and share knowledge on how they can advance in their education and make right choices in life.


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