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Malawi Paralympics Committee fights stigma

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James Chiutsi

By Isaac Salima

Malawi Paralympics Committee (MPC) President James Chiutsi has urged teachers to be in the forefront of encouraging people with disability to take part in sports.

Chiutsi said this on the sidelines of a launch of Para Sport against Stigma training of primary school teachers in Blantyre aimed at addressing stigma against learners with disabilities.

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“As we develop the sport ,it is necessary that issues of stigma are addressed. We are now reaching out to more schools because, if we are to develop this sport, we must fight stigma and that is why we engaged the teachers because they are influential members of society,” he said.

Chiutsi said the programme aims at reaching out to 500,000 beneficiaries by 2023.

He said 65 primary schools (25 in the South and 15 in the Central Region) will be reached with the trainings.

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The project is being funded by International Paralympics Committee and Malawi National Council of Sports.

Representing Blantyre District Education Manager, Principal Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Mazembe said the training will help the teachers to know more about the sport.

“We have welcomed the sport because people with disabilities are always among us. So, we need to help them to be somewhere. We plead with all participants to develop interest in what they have been taught so that at the end of the day the intention can be achieved,” Mazembe said.

Malawi National Council of Sports and Recreation Development Officer Felix Yola said MPC’s effort in the development of sport has to be encouraged for the benefit of those with interest in para sport.

Twenty-five teachers from 11 schools in Blantyre took part in the training.

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