First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika on Tuesday reiterated on the need to promote education in the country during the official opening of two community day secondary schools in Zomba.
The two secondary schools that were built by Save the Children Tillie and Bevlee were constructed with sponsorship from two donors Professor Gerlard Breslauer and Wunderkinder Foundation.
Speaking during the function, the First Lady said for the country to develop there was need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to promote education.
She therefore expressed gratitude to Save the Children for constructing the two secondary schools whilst calling upon guardians to encourage their children to work hard in class.
“It is sad to note that up to this day there are still parents out there who are forcing their children to marry so that they assist them to fend for the family once they get married.
“This is very unfortunate and normally backfires as when the child marries at a tender age chances are usually high that the marriage will end in divorce whereby she will still come back home and add more problems to the home,” said Mutharika.
The First Lady therefore said the construction of the two CDSSs has reduced the distance that learners take to travel to school thereby minimizing drop outs that frustrates child education.
“No country can develop without education,” she added as she emphasized the need to invest in girls’ education.
The First Lady then called on traditional leaders to ensure that all school going children in the area attend and remain in school to ensure that their right to education is respected.
“Sending these children to school will be a great appreciation to the donors who have constructed these two schools,” she said while focusing on the role of chiefs in ensuring that parents don’t force children into marriages.
She therefore expressed hope that the two schools would provide quality education that should enable the learners proceed to tertiary level.
Professor Gertrude Mutharika handed over the keys for the two CDSSs to the Ministry of Education marking the official opening of the secondary schools.
Save the Children USA Chief Executive Officer, Carolyn Miles commended government and communities in Zomba for supporting the project.
She also applauded Gerlard Breslauer and Wunderkinder Foundation for providing financial support for the construction of the two schools.
Miles then pledged continued support for children initiatives by Save the Children.
Since 2003 Save the Children has so far assisted over 79,000 children in Zomba.