According to UNICEF reports on primary education in Malawi, over 10 percent of school-aged children do not attend primary school. Even if in 1994 the school fees, at least for the primary school, were abolished, only 26 percent of children completed the entire primary school cycle. Of these children that do complete primary school, only 16% are girls. The equal number of girls and boys into school has been achieved for primary education, but because of the high drop out rates of girls in primary education, there is no equal number of boys and girls starting secondary education. Keeping girls at school for extra years, gives the room for her to develop required skills which are essential for their household economy growth and develop their communities at large. At the same time, they marry in later age and have to decide whom to marry with.

In addressing this gap, CHICOSUDO’s focus is on ensuring that girls and other boys especially of less priviledge have complete their primary school education by addressing challenges hinder their access to education that include: school supplies, furniture, recreation materials and equipment, poor menstrual hygiene products, school uniforms and scholarships.

IMPACT

100 children have been reached in Mulanje and Blantyre with school supplies, Uniforms and 76 have benefited with re-usable sanitary pads.
10 girls who were at risk of dropping out of school, are on Scholarship.

By 2025, CHICOSUD aim to reach maintain and purchase 1500 School Furniture in Primary School in two districts, Mulanje and Blantyre, 1000 children to reactive school uniforms and supplies, 500 adolescence girls have access to reusable sanitary pads and 20 Primary and Secondary Schools have access to recreational materials. Lastly 100 children have access to scholarships. ( Should be under projects)

Supporting Education for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (SE4OVC) Project description

Keeping girls at school for extra years, gives the room for her to develop required skills which are essential for their household economy growth and develop their communities at large. At the same time, they marry in later age and have to decide whom to marry with. The only challenge is that there is high school drop outs rates. Some of leading factors include: many primary schools are not having child friendly services, shortage of desks, poor parents do not manage to pay for school fees, uniforms, sanitation and hygiene products.

It is against this background where Chitani Community Sustainable Development Organization is working in two districts namely: Blantyre and Mulanje to support education for orphans and vulnerable children.

The goal of the project is to reduce school dropout rates among 200 orphans and vulnerable children of 11 to 17 years old in six primary schools and 5 community day secondary schools in Mulanje and Blantyre by maintaining school furniture, recreational materials, school supplies, school fees sanitation and hygiene products and addressing negative cultural practices that contribute keeping school age children, particularly girls, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, away from school by 2025.

Key activities Provision of school uniforms for 200 orphans and vulnerable children. Maintain and supply 100 school desks and chairs in selected primary and secondary schools. Provide reusable sanitary pads among 200 girls Provide school supplies among 200 orphans and vulnerable children. Provide recreational materials in six primary and five community day secondary schools. Conduct community dialogues with parents and duty bearers to address cultural norms that hinder children to complete their education.

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