Red Cross Society of Malawi has disbursed about MK20 million towards supporting 200 vulnerable secondary school students in Mwanza by paying school fees and providing them with learning materials.
Mwanza Red Cross Programs Officer, Yasinta Namacha said on Tuesday that most of the money have been spent on paying fees for boarding learners and examination.
She said this at Chidoole secondary school where she gave out school items such as shoes, pens, exercise books and uniforms to less privileged students at the school.
She said the support was part of a four year community resilient project which her organization is implementing in the district.
“The project has four components and one of them is inclusive education where we are supporting needy learners from both primary and secondary schools. We hope that the support will lessen some of the challenges that could have made them dropout of school,” she explained.
She also disclosed that at primary level the society is helping 300 needy learners by giving them exercise books, pencils, rulers, shoes and school uniform among others.
Apart from education support, she said, Red Cross is also implementing interventions in the areas of heath, water, sanitation and hygiene.
Desk Officer for Primary Education, Philip Kaphale thanked Red Cross for the support saying it would reduce school dropout rate in the district.
He also advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the given materials by working hard to improve their school performance.
Meanwhile, Mwanza Red Cross has organized a MK4 Million football and netball bonanza in which 14 teams from group village heads under Senior Chief Nthache and Sub T/A Govati in Thambani are expected to compete.
The bonanza is aimed at disseminating key information contained in the community resilient project to the community.
Mwanza District Officer Anthony Makhanga said sports is second to religion through which developmental messages are effectively reached out to the targeted community.
“This is a good development because sports is meant to spearhead development. Organizations can easily channel their messages to the community through sports because it attracts a larger audience,” he explained.
He said the district sports committee has already identified teams to participate in the bonanza which is scheduled to end early next month.
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