By Tione Andsen – Mana.
Female students at Chigodi Community Day Secondary (CDSS) in Lilongwe will have to smile as the School has been provided with a girl’s hostel and cooking shelter constructed by World Vision Malawi (WVM) to the tune of K 22 million.
The Hostel will be able to accommodate 40 female students and those being targeted are girls that are in examination classes.
Head Teacher of Chigodi CDSS, Gladson Mankhambo said this at the School in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mazengera Tuesday during a joint District Executive Committee (DEC) members for Lilongwe that the construction of the hostel would help the girls to reduce the walking distance they were used to travel to access the school.
“We have female students who were travelling more that 10 kilometres everyday to school and this made some to drop out due to long distances and other major issues,” he noted.
Mankhambo said some girls had challenges in sourcing their food and water where they were staying but now their life would be made easy hoping their concentration in class would improve for the better.
He said some of the students had difficulties because they were proven to theft and they had challenges of staying in leaking houses particularly during rainy seasons.
“The School Management is yet to decide on how much will be paid for accommodation by the boarders at the school. We need to raise some funds for the purposes of maintaining the facility,” the Head Teacher revealed.
School Health and Nutrition Coordinator for Lilongwe Rural East Education Division, Joseph Kanyangala believes that the performance of female learners would improve since they would be living within the campus.
He said WVM should continue reaching out to more schools so that such school improvements are evenly distributed.
Kanyangala note that the kitchen needs to have environmental friendly cooking facilities in order to serve the environment.
“We have noted that the cooking facilities will consume more firewood and they end result the school will be spending more in buying wood. We ask WVM officials to revisit the issue of cooking facilities,” he pointed out.