Norwegian delegation in Malawi impressed with school feeding program
By Malawi Exclusive
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General , Ms Katja Nordgaard says is impressed with progress of Joint Programme on Girls Education in Malawi.
The programme which started in 2014 aims at reducing poverty through improved quality of education and basic life skills for in and out of school adolescent girls in Malawi.
The programme is implemented in 169 schools in three districts of Dedza, Mangochi and Salima.
Speaking when the DG accompanied the Minister of Education Science and Technology Susuwere Banda in visiting Chapita Full Primary School in Salima, She said that was very impressed with the program saying its bearing fruits.
The DG said she was happy and promised that Norway will continue supporting the programme.
In his speech, Minister Banda commended Norwegian Government for the support rendered to Malawi through the programme which has seen helping reducing of drop out rate.
He said the programme has also helped girls to take care of themselves during their crucial times.
He said the drop rate is at zero at the moment.
In his speech, World Food Programme Country Representative, Benoit Thiry said on behalf of the UN family in Malawi, commended the partnership between the Government of Malawi, the Government of Norway, the UN and local communities all engaged for girls education.
He said investing in girls education is not only the right thing to do, but it is the best investment one can make.
“A healthy, educated, empowered adolescent girl has the unique potential to break the cycle of poverty for herself, her family and her country
As UN family, we are glad to see that tremendous progress has been registered under this programme since 2014 evidenced by increased enrolment and improved performance for boys and girls over the years in the 3 districts.” He said.
He said under the Joint Programme on Girls Education, the UN is Delivering as One, harnessing linkages and synergies in their programming to make the best impact possible.
“There is one thing I would like to commend Chapita school which is the zero drop-out rate achieved since 2019.
This is a great example and an inspiration for the whole country. Keep up the good work.
We have to continue to challenge ourselves to achieve this, to challenge mindsets at our schools, homes and communities, to make education for all a reality.” He said.