The Department of Basic Education in the Ministry of Education has received about 80,000 textbooks valued at more than K2 million from World Vision Malawi (WVM).
Speaking when he presented the donation to guest of honor Director of Basic Education, Dr. Joseph Chimombo, at Manyamula Primary School in Mzimba, WVM Director of Programmes, Charles Chimombo, said the gesture is aimed at complementing government’s efforts in fighting illiteracy.
“This is in response to an assessment which was carried out by Gifts in Kind (GIK) team of Canada, Australia and United States of America who later discovered greater needs in 49 schools out of the 89 that WVM is working with in the Northern Region,” Chimombo said.
Some of the donated books include mathematics, English for junior and senior primary school and English and Agriculture for secondary school.
Three hundred and fifty-two soccer balls were also presented to the selected schools.
He said sports items will help children strengthen their extra curriculum talents which later may become part of their career apart from contributing to their physical development.
“The WVM’s 2016-20 strategic plan wants to ensure that children have improved age appropriate literacy apart from exposing them to physical education which is critical for improved class performance among students,” he said.
In his remarks, Dr. Chimombo commended WVM for the donation, describing it as timely.
“This s also in line with the newly launched National Reading Strategy (2014-2019) which calls for availability of relevant supplementary reading materials that will support in developing children reading competencies by Grade 4,” he said.
Chimombo then assured the organisation that his office will place in necessary measures to ensure that the school materials reach the intended beneficiaries.
Speaking earlier, the Area Development Chairperson for Mmbelwa District Council, Baldwin Ngulube, called for hard work from teachers across Mzimba now that they have books for every child.
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