Yoneco engages Balaka schools in learn without fear bonanza

Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco) have launched Learn Without Fear sports bonanza in Balaka involving football and netball teams for primary schools in the district.

According to Patrick Makonde who is Yoneco project officer for Balaka, the bonanza will be competed for by 17 primary schools’ football and netball teams within Ulongwe education zone. The project is being funded by Plan Malawi.

He said the aim of the sports bonanza is to raise awareness messages in order to contribute towards creating safe, secure and protective environments within schools and surrounding communities for the achievement of positive education outcomes through reduction incidences of sexual exploitation, child abuse and violence against children in and around schools in Traditional Authorities (T/As) Chanthunya, Nsamala, Amidu and Kalembo in Balaka.

Goal invasion as one of the schools scored a goal during the launch

Goal invasion as one of the schools scored a goal during the launch

One of the participating primary schools line-up before the launch

One of the participating primary schools line-up before the launch

“We would like to promote participation of these children through keep busy programmes that will also help them learn positive relationships with each other in the communities and schools to prevent violence against children,” said Makonde.

He added that by nature, Physical Education (PE) encourages learners to explore and find their own solutions to their physical movement and physical activity problems saying, this type of exposure to problem solving activities will assist the learners in becoming problem solvers, as they engage in the development of their own solutions, defend their uniqueness and maintain their sense of individuality.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, Ulongwe education zone primary education advisor (PEA) Luke Chimombo hailed Yoneco for the initiative.

“When focusing on the cognitive development of the learner, teachers concern themselves with the critical thinking and intellectual skills of the child. For the development of the physical and mental skills of learners, teachers can utilize PE [Physical Education] activities,” he said.

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