MAGGA-YESS in tree planting erxecise
By Ezelina Kamaliza
Girl rights activists have hailed girls exchange programs for promoting leadership and resilience among girls in Africa.
The remarks come as Malawi Girl Guide Association—MAGGA is hosting girls from Rwanda, Madagascar and Zimbabwe under the Youth Exchange South to South—YESS program.
MAGGA YESS Coordinator Alinafe Mahimanya said in an interview that challenges girls face in their respective countries would be overcome through sharing experiences.
“Girls learn culture and other things in different countries. Africa is one and this platform gives a chance for interaction. This year, Malawi has sent four girls to Rwanda, Madagascar, Zimbabwe and Uganda. And we have also received three girls from Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Rwanda,” explained Alinafe Mahimanya, Coordinator for the Youth Exchange South to South program at the Malawi Girl Guide Association.
Mahimanya added that during the six month exchange visit, there will be seminars on girls’ leadership, ending child marriages and environmental conservation.
“One of the projects which the girls are involved in is called Make Malawi Green whereby they will be planting trees to make the environment green again. Apart from that, these girls are encouraging each other that together we can, regardless of age, religion and culture,” Mahimaya added.