A lot of students who lives typical rural areas tend to travel a long distance to access a school. Most of the them tend to walk a distance of over 15 kilometers to reach their destined school. This makes many students to arrive at their school very late making them also to receive different punishments. As for girls, this makes them to be at risk of encountering with strangers on their way to the school who may display different forms of violence to them.
One of the school’s which students have to walk a distance of over 12 kilometers to access it is Masambanjati Community Day Secondary School (CDSS). The school’s Principal, Emerson Mphaya said that most female student were being encountered with different forms of abuses on their way to and back from the school. This made others to start dropping out of school and even encounter fear.
Since most of them comes from far, they tend to lack enough time of studying since they do reach their home while they are tired and denying them an opportunity to study at their homes. With funding of MK700,000 which the School Improvement Plan Committee received from Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) through their Improving Education Quality in Community Day Secondary Schools (IEQ CDSS) project, a girl’s hostel was built at the school to reduce the social problems which girls were experiencing.
The hostel is able to accommodate a total number of 36 female students from within the school. Mphaya, said that the construction of the hostel has made many females students at the school to be working hard at the school as they have enough time to study than then time they were reaching at the school from their homes. Female students who came from far are now singing joyful songs in their studies as their education levels have advanced.
CRECCOM in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is implementing IEQ CDSS project in 4 districts namely Mulanje, Thyolo, Ntchisi and Chitipa. IEQ CDSS project is being implemented with funding from the Mastercard Foundation and Echidna Giving.