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MCHERE PRIMARY SCHOOL, EVER GRATEFUL FOR THE COMING OF KGIS

THROUGH ; Keeping Girls in School - Cash Transfer ( KGIS )

This Project is sponsored by: The Department for International Development (DfID)

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Keeping Girls in school - Cash transfer has changed the lives of many girls in Malawi, and Nsanje is one of the 10 districts in which the project has been impacting. As the project moves closer to the end, primary school girls are singing victory songs of how the project has helped them. Nesi Tiago and Eliza Ntendesi are one of such girls that the project has helped. They have now successfully written their Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination, thanks to the money they received from the project.

Nesi Tiago is the first born in a family of 6 with a divorced mother as the bread winner in the family. The mother has no Job and he only source of income is small-scale jobs which only deliver not more than K5,000 per week. Sometimes she finds trouble to find the Jobs. Nesi, being the first born, she has to assist her mother to find money for food and other necessities. However, she is a school girl and the works come in between her and education, so in order to make sure the family has a living, she decided to skip classes and help her mother find money.

Eliza Ntendesi, a classmate of Nesi also shares a similar background. She is the Last born of three children and Her first-born sister is married and lives with her husband, leaving her with her elder brother. Being a child in a poor family, she does not have access to basic necessities like clothes, school uniforms and other writing materials. Due to the lack of funds and that she was not able to access her money, she was not able to write her mock exam even though her headteacher testified that she is one of the brightest students and has potential to be selected to a Secondary school.

The Head Teacher for Mchere Primary School, Mr. Jusa Mintrozo testified that 13 girls that were enrolled to the project since standard seven have not dropped out and have all written their PSLC Examinations. "it is not only the fact that the girls have been receiving money that kept them in school, but also other interventions such as involvement of mother group and Parent teacher Associations have helped."

The mother groups and PTA’s are the structures that had contributed a lot to the return of Nesi and Eliza to the school. Since Poverty was a key factor for the girls to be skipping classes and fail to write exams. Mother groups contribute K200 every month and use it to help girls who have financial issues concerning school. Also, Teachers pay rent to the school as a way of raising funds to help students.

During the third term, as exams approached, mother groups visited the girls in their homes to encourage them to return to school and offered to financially support their needs since poverty was the key issue in their families. They latter had access to the KGIS-CT funds and ever since, the girls have been able to buy all their necessities such as School bags, School uniforms, instruments and were also able to write their PSLC Exams. Now Nesi, Eliza and their classmates have successfully written their Exams and await their secondary School selection.

"The project has impacted the school a lot." Said the headteacher, "and we are very glad that the project has come to our district. School dropout rate has dropped since girls are motivated. And we hope for better results in the near future as the mother groups, Parents, and the school teachers will hold hand t ensure every girl is in School."

Keeping Girls in school – Cash Transfer is a Department for International Development funded project and Save the Children is the prime Implimentor of the project and is implemented by Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM). The main focus of KGIS are the adolescent standard 7 and 8 girls. When families living below poverty line are faced with an option to choose who amongst their male and female children to continue with Education.

Story By: Hope T. Odala