Marist Brothers of the Schools – an international community of Catholic religious institute of brothers – has introduced a mobile library service targeting 15,000 students in non-boarding secondary schools.
The project funded by the Mission Support from Ireland (Misean Cara) is aimed at increasing equity and access as well as improving quality of education in the country.
National Provincial Councilor for the Marist Brothers in Malatwi, Brother Francis Jumbe, said the project responds to the growing need for study materials among students attending non-boarding secondary schools.
Jumbe said in a country where there are not enough books and materials are not readily available, a mobile library was the most viable means for non-boarding secondary school learners to do better in their studies and at the same time improve reading and writing culture.
“A mobile library will allow the targeted beneficiaries to study any material of their need via a mobile phone application. And this will improve access and availability of learning materials,” Jumbe said.
He said the project would be implemented in five districts of Balaka, Zomba, Dedza, Salima and Lilongwe and that it would run for the next three years.
Head teacher for Mayaka Community Day Secondary School in Zomba, Patrick Kaliwo, welcomed the innovation, stressing that it would provide underprivileged learners with a lifetime opportunity through access to quality education.