By Jecina Chikwelete
School authorities and learners have hailed hygiene initiatives being undertaken by Water Aid Malawi as the right step in achieving quality education.
Through the Wash for a Healthy Learning project, toilets and change rooms for girls are being built in selected primary schools.
In an interview with Timveni, one of the teachers at Kabwabwa primary school in Lilongwe, Lucy Kazinkambani said, "Teaching has now improved as girls are no longer absent during menstruation."
Kazinkambani added the developments have also helped in combating waterborne diseases at the school.
In her remarks, one of the learners at the institution Karen Viza said girls have been empowered to compete with boys based on improved class attendance.