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Link for Community Development intensifies education efforts

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Collaboration between teachers and community members can help the government achieve its goal of promoting access to education.

Link for Community Development (LCD) Dedza District Coordinator, Michael Mulenga, said this recently when the non-governmental organisation courted community members at Nthulu Primary School, Traditional Authority Kaphuka, in the district.

LCD is implementing an inclusive education programme aimed at reducing cases of absenteeism.

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Mulenga said, due to cordial relations among teachers, learners and community members, several schools have embraced new developments, among them newly constructed school blocks and the provision of learning materials to less privileged learners.

“So far, 248 primary schools have benefitted from our inclusive education programme. As I am speaking, the rate of people who are taking part in school development initiatives has risen from 25 percent to 85 percent in the past four years,” Mulenga said.

Mulenga added that, as a result of the initiative, community members have embarked on self-help projects that have seen them constructing school blocks and drilling boreholes.

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Group Village Head Mkhuwi said he was impressed with the level of collaboration between community members and teachers, but asked other well-wishers to step in whenever community members face problems.

“But, on our part, we are trying our best. For example, in the past, some learners used to run away from school for beer drinking sprees. That is no longer the case as community members discourage learners from coming anywhere near beer,” Mkhuwi said.

One of the teachers at Nthulu Primary School, Amosi Phiri, said the school has turned the corner, in terms of infrastructure development, due to improved relations among stakeholders.

The project is being funded by Open Society Initiative for the Southern Africa, which seeks to promote community involvement in the education sector.

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