Volunteers Services Overseas (VSO) plans to roll out the second phase of Unlocking Talent (UT) project to 23 primary schools in Karonga through district education technology (DET).
The project’s aim is to impart literacy and numeracy competencies to primary school pupils when they are still at an early age.
Speaking to the media, VSO project coordinator Yesani Kapanda said his organisation plans to roll out the second phase, having registered success in the first phase in which schools reduced absenteeism and dropouts as pupils were excited with iPads that were used during lessons.
“In this second phase, we have scaled up from 10 to 23 primary schools. Further, we will construct 13 new centres and refurbish existing learning centres using environmental friendly materials, train some more teachers, buy solar panels, 44 iPads and hearing aids,” he said.
Karonga district education manager Scotch Kondowe applauded VSO for coming again with the second phase, saying it is a big push to the district’s education system for the pupils to learn using technology.
However, Kondowe implored the community members to own the project by intensifying security in their areas to avoid vandals who he said were enemies of development.
The project is being jointly funded by KfW and Royal Norwegian Embassy to the tune of K14 billion in 15 districts up to 2023.