You can tell from her age that she is a bit old for her class, but this is not uncommon in rural Malawi.The government regulation is that children should start primary school at the age of six.When she was 15, she met a 21-year-old man at the market.
But on the first day, the head teacher announced at assembly that anyone who would make fun of me because I am a mother would be disciplined, so I think that helped.” Every Friday the women from the mother group come to Namasimba primary school to meet girls from standard 5 to standard 8, typically aged 13 to 19 years.
This means Nelly has less to worry about; she gets to eat at school and the money helps her buy anything she needs at school.
In this partnership of 3 UN agencies; UNICEF, WFP and UNFPA, the Norwegian Government is providing resources to address the factors that place girls at risk of dropping out of school.
Charles Nabongo, UNICEF Malawi’s Chief of Education says this partnership is helping Malawi build a stronger education system that delivers quality education to boys and girls.
“It is particularly important to ensure that parents, teachers and local leaders are empowered to promote girls’ rights to education and create an environment that sustains it.