The Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom), a local Non-Governmental organisation(NGO) in Malawi on Friday launched a book distribution exercise to primary and secondary schools in Thyolo district in a bid to promote reading culture among students.
The exercise which also includes distribution of 12 computers and 4000 solar lamps to 100 primary schools and 12 Community Day Secondary schools in the district is being carried out under a project called Engaging Communities and Schools in Support of Adolescent Girls Education in Malawi (Ecssagem).
Project Coordinator Zione Musa said their main goals are to improve girls and boys retention in schools, attain maximum educational achievement and transition from primary to secondary school.
Mussa said through the three year project which started in 2015 and ends in 2018, Creccom has reached out to 11 000 girls encouraging them to work hard in school and engaging boys and communities to work together in minimising challenges girls face as they pursue their education.
“Through this project, girls will develop skills they need to successfully compete with boys. We are also promoting the readmission of teen mothers and discussing with initiation counsellors on the need to give proper massages to girls when they are in initiation camps,” she said.
Musa hailed Books for Africa, Echidna giving (organisations from the United States) and Dubai cares for providing the resources.
District Education Manager (DEM) for Thyolo Enock Chumachao bemoaned lack of teaching and learning materials in public schools calling on individuals, companies and organisations to come forward and assist government in providing resources needed in improving the standards of education in the country.
“We do not have enough resources in our schools and we thank Creccom for this donation which will go a long way in ensuring that our children read. We call for more NGOs to come forward and compliment government’s effort in the promotion of literacy among learners by donating more books and other resources,” he said.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority Changata said as chiefs they will continue to enforce by-laws to make sure parents send their children to school.
Pic: Chumachao showing off some of the books