18 schools battle in Atem grand finale


Association for the Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem) drama grand finale will be held this weekend at Kamuzu Institute for Youth in Lilongwe where 18 secondary schools will battle it out for the top position.

The 18 schools made it to the finals during divisional contests.

The Southern Region has more finalists seconded by Central Region but Atem President Dave Mpaso clarified that the Southern Region was not being favoured but rather it was about educational divisions and not necessarily regions.


The 18 finalists are Nkhata Bay Boys, Mchengautuwa Community Day Secondary School and St Patricks Seminary from North Education Division (Ned), Mulanje Secondary School, St Patricks and Matapwata from Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed), Mlodza Secondary School, Chipasula and Kamuzu Barracks from Central West Education Division (Cwed), St Monica Community Day Secondary School, Zomba Catholic and St Paul’s Seminary from South East Education Division (Seed), Nkhamenya Girls, Robert Blake and Mvera CDSS from Central East Education Division (Ceed) and Chichiri, Chimwankhunda CDSS and Soche Hill from South West Education Division (Swed).

Mpaso, said that the two-day event which starts today and ends tomorrow, will bring the finest of drama executed by the 18 schools, which have been having massive rehearsals.

“We are thankful to sponsors such as British Council, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Old Mutual and Kanema Online. We are still open for support because this is a nursery for drama in the country,” Mpaso said.


According to the programme, the schools that will perform today are Zomba Catholic, Mchengautuwa CDSS, St Paul’s Seminary, Chimwankhunda CDSS, Nkhamenya Girls, Kamuzu Barracks CDSS, Soche Hill, St Patricks Seminary and Matapwata.

The last day will see performances from Chichiri, Nkhata Bay, Mulanje, St Patrick’s, Mlodza CDSS, Robert Blake, St Monica and Chipasula before announcement of the results.

Atem is running its contest under the themes ‘Evils of corruption’ and ‘The role of youth in combating gender-based violence’.

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