Action Aid awards Katonda School

Action Aid Organisation on Thursday presented a cheque worth K500, 000 to Katonda Primary School in Traditional Authority (TA) Dambe’s area in Mchinji for promoting child rights in schools through the Action for Children’s Right to Education (ACRE) project.

Keeping school children aware of their rights
Keeping school children aware of their rights

The school made strides in promoting children’s rights beating other 10 other schools in the area.

Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony, Action Aid Local Rights coordinator for Mchinji Chimwemwe Gondwe said Katonda the school improved its awareness of children’s rights to education which has enabled it record a big enrolment of pupils.

She said the award presentation was a motivating factor to all schools to ensure that parents and teachers work together in keeping children in schools.

“As a big farming district, most children tend to work in farms especially in tobacco estates and as such do not go to school, but Katonda School promoted children’s rights, especially the right to education,” she said.

According to the head teacher of the school Sandfore Kaunda, the parents and teachers association organized awareness meetings with the community on the importance of sending children to school.

“We also made sure that the children are properly looked after by guardians and parents by among other things ensuring that the children are well fed and provided with shelter and dressing,” he said.

The school has now an enrolment of 1330 pupils with few missing classes or dropping out of school completely.

In his speech, Director of Planning and Development for Mchinji,Walter Chikuni commended Action Aid for the project which he said complements government efforts of improving education in the district.

He said government needs the support of other organizations and institutions to ensure that the quality of education is improved in schools.

Chikuni therefore, urged the school to maintain and encourage children to stay in school after the project phases out.

The ACRE is in its second phase and is piloted in T/A Dambe’s area.

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