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MCF-Camfed Launch Pre-Event Press Release

MCF-Camfed Launch Pre-Event Press Release

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MAJOR INITIATIVE ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION LAUNCH IN MALAWI PRESS RELEASE
MAJOR INITIATIVE ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION LAUNCH IN MALAWI PRESS RELEASE

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MAJOR INITIATIVE ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION LAUNCH IN MALAWI
 
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is delighted to announce that amajor initiative aimed at getting hundreds more girls to complete secondary schoolwill be formally launched in Malawi.A partnership between the Malawi Government, Ministry of Education Scienceand Technology, Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) and The MasterCardFoundation will provide comprehensive scholarships to 1,275 girls in rural districtsof Malawi, and is built on the joint commitment to the education and advancementof young people. In addition to the secondary school scholarships, 4 500 schoolchildren and community members will also receive financial literacy training toassist young people develop skills for economic independence.The MasterCard Foundation collaborates with non-governmental organisations andacademic institutions to enable young people to secure new opportunities that willdrive their own prosperity and that of their community and nation. Camfed, a non-governmental organisation, has shown through its successful work in 5 Africancountries since 1993 that education of girls and economic empowerment of youngwomen are key drivers in the eradicaton of poverty.The poverty cycle in Malawi is perpetuated by low educational attainment amongwomen in particular. For instance, only 64% of women between the ages of 15 and49 in rural areas of Malawi are literate. There is a direct correlation between lower levels of education among Malawian women, high birth rates, early marriage andhigh maternal mortality. Offering bursary support to girls in schools is one major strategy towards ensuring girls are able to stay in school, avoid being married

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