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Atem hunts for support

Grand finale next month

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Association for the Teaching of English in Malawi (Atem) said Monday that they were looking for funding ahead of the grand finale slated for May 5 through to May 6, 2023 in Lilongwe.

Atem successfully run the divisional finals, where 18 schools were selected to battle it out in the grand finals.

“We tried our level best to work things out with the divisional finals but now we need support to execute the grand finale. There is so much that the schools invest in as regards costume and other resources and, so, they need to be rewarded and motivated with fantastic prizes during the grand finale,” Atem President Dave Mpaso said.

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He said they have tried reaching out to the corporate world and other well-wishers for support but some have not been forthcoming.

“This is a hub that has helped propel theatre in the country; it is more like a nursery and many of the drama groups in the country have benefitted from Atem but we have had challenges getting support. We have organisations and companies that have services for young people and, so, this is their chance to connect with them,” Mpaso said.

He said organisations and companies have an opportunity to bond with young people through Atem.

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“Through this platform, players also get to appreciate the talent of young people,” Mpaso said.

He said that British Council, through the Hornby Trust, gave them a K2 million grant for English seminars which were done successfully and that part of it will be used during the grand finale.

Mpaso also clarified that the Southern Region will have more schools during the grand finale not because it was being favoured but rather it was about educational divisions and not necessarily regions.

Some of the schools that will battle it out in the grand finale include Nkhata Bay Boys Secondary School, Mchengautuwa Community Day Secondary School and St Patricks Seminary from North Education Division (Ned), Mulanje Secondary School, St Patricks and Matapwa from Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed) and Mlodza Secondary School, Chipasula and Kamuzu Barracks from Central West Education Division (Cwed).

Atem is running its contest under the themes ‘Evils of Corruption’ and ‘The Role of Youths in Combating Gender- Based Violence’.

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