Education division exploring ways of expanding digital libraries’ access

Central West Education Division (CWED) has disclosed that it is exploring ways for expanding access to digital libraries by students in secondary schools under the division.

CWED Desk Officer Victor Sibale said e-libraries have proven to be the most effective too in addressing the “huge gap that exists in our schools’ libraries”.

Sibale made the remarks on Friday when Marist Brothers in Malawi handed over internet and e-library devices to Likuni Boys Secondary School.

Brother Jumbe (4th from right) handing over routers to Likuni Boys Deputy Head on Wednesday–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu

“Apart from ensuring that all learners have access to educational materials, e-libraries ensure that there is no interruption in education as was the case during the period countries were hit by Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

District Commissioner (DC) for Lilongwe Dr. Lawford Palani saluted Marist Brothers of the Roman Catholic Church for initiating various interventions aimed at improving the quality of education in Malawi.

Palani – who was the Guest of Honour at the event – cited poverty as one of the challenges hindering many children to access education in Malawi.

He said the interventions by the Marist Brothers in Malawi would therefore play a critical role in addressing gaps in the education sector.

Dr. Palani (sitting 3rd from right) poses for a photo with Marist Brothers and teachers–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu

“These interventions are very important not only to the beneficiary districts, but the nation as well because Marist Brothers are trying as much as possible to bring quality education to every child irrespective of their financial background. As you are aware, when one is educated, there are many doors of opportunities for them in life,” said the District Commissioner.

National Provincial Councilor for the Marist Brothers in Malawi, Brother Francis Jumbe, said the religious congregation sourced funding from Marist Foundation for International Solidarity (FMSI) for the implementation of two projects whose major goal is to address barriers hindering underprivileged and non-boarding students, particularly girls, from accessing education in Malawi.

Jumbe stated that one of the components of the two projects – Girls Empowerment and New Horizons Projects – is provision of tablets and internet routers to beneficiary schools.

Apart from Likuni Boys Secondary School, other schools that have received tablets and internet routers are Champagnat Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) and Marist Secondary School in Dedza, St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School in Balaka, Zomba Catholic and Mayaka Community Day Secondary Schools in Zomba and Msalura and Mafco CDSSs in Salima.

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