By Shadreck Maoni:
People from the area of Traditional Authority Kwataine in Ntcheu district can afford a smile as students from six schools from the area received a donation of soap, books and other assorted items from Brain Power in partnership with Seed for Life.
The schools are two primary schools, Bemvu and Bangala and four Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs) which are Malonda, Nsipe, Madzanje and Nthumbi.
Brain Power and Seed for Life are non profit making organizations that seek to uplift the lives of rural farming communities and supporting communities in need of development with emphasis on education and health.
Speaking after the donation in Ntcheu on Saturday, Brain Power’s Tina Chalira Hasib said they partnered with Seed for Life, Books for Development and Blantyre Lotary Club to help out students that couldn’t access books since they dont have a library.
“Its very concerning to see the lack of reading culture in students due to the lack of resources. Its heartbreaking to see students going to an institution that has no books.” she said.
Chalira also added that they are planning to build a library so that these schools can share.
“We are contemplating on having a library building so that these books should be housed. It will be a building that several schools will be sharing to improve the the quality of education standards in the area”,she added.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the partnership also donated soap to help students wash hands as a way of fighting the pandemic.
Head teacher for Nthumbi Community Day Secondary school said this donation will help in eliminating the problems that they were facing due to the lack of books at his school.
“We have a few books and this drains out the focus of these students in their education. This causes most of them to miss classes and finally drop out of school. These books will help to motivate these students to work hard in their studies. We thank the partnership of these organisations with this donation.” he said.
Each school received 2000 books each.
In attendance were the District Commissioner and the Director of Education in Ntcheu, the village headmen and the students from the schools.