Over 1, 000 vulnerable girls in Mungwi District are to benefit from the Keeping Girls in School programme under the Girl Education and Women Empowerment Livelihood (GEWEL) initiative, it has been learnt.
ZANIS reports that Acting Mungwi District Community Development Officer Sandra Sinkamba disclosed this in an interview in Mungwi District today.
Ms. Sinkamba revealed that the 1,245 girls who have been selected in the district will begin receiving school sponsorship effective January, 2017.
Ms. Sinkamba disclosed the development during the District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting held at the council guest house.
The Keeping Girls in School programme is aimed at helping girls from vulnerable homes to complete their secondary school education.
The beneficiaries have been drawn from households that are currently receiving the social cash transfer fund.
And Ms Sinkamba says her office has started identifying women to benefit from the empowerment fund under Women Empowerment Livelihood programme.
She said the women are being selected from registered women clubs and will undergo training in income generating activities before receiving the said funds.
Both the Girl Education and Women Empowerment Livelihood GEWEL programme funded by the World Bank is being implemented by the ministries of Gender, Education, Community Development and Social Welfare.
The programme is currently in 16 districts countrywide while Mungwi and Chilubi districts are the first beneficiaries in Northern Province.