Federer urges Malawi to lay more emphasis on early education of children

Tennis star Roger Federer has urged Malawi politicians to lay more emphasis on early education of children.

Tennis star Federer lFederer launches childcare centre in poor Malawi
Tennis star Federer launches childcare centre in poor Malawi
Federer at at a new childcare centre in Malawi funded by his foundation.
Federer at at a new childcare centre in Malawi funded by his foundation.

Federer ranked as the second best male tennis player in the world, said early childhood development is crucial as it empowers children to reach their fullest potential.

He was speaking when launched a new childcare centre at Lundu village, 10 kilometres west of the capital Lilongwe, funded by his foundation.

Federer , who is visiting Malawi for the first time , said the country needs more funds to support development of children.

“Too many children are waiting for good pre-schools and early chilhood development centres,” the 17-time Grand Slam champ told officals and villagers at the opening.

Federer predicted that his pre-school center would be a “pre-school of excellence and an important milestone” in the lives of children.

He urged politicians to do more for early education.

“We need everybody and in particular the government of Malawi on board. Malawi needs more efforts and more funds,” he said.

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima expressed appreciation to Federer for “complementing the Government’s efforts in investing in this important area of the future of our children.”

Chilima said Malawi has “special interest” in early childhood development program.

“Government is determined to propel the ECD agenda forward mainly because children who benefit from early childhood development services tend to do well in school and, generally, have more advanced social skills,” said Chilima.

Chilima said children are the future of any country and appealed to more development partners, philanthropists and other stakeholders to support Malawi government’s effort by investing heavily in the program.

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati said as many as 1.4 million of the country’s children had no access to pre-school facilities.

Kaliati praised Federer’s work, saying her country needed to “mobilise all fathers to invest in these children rather than breed more children who lack support.”

Federer’s foundation has been working in Malawi since 2011 and has already built 80 pre-schools across the country.

About $13.5 million have been invested into the project which Federer hopes would provide support to about 150,000 Malawian children by 2021.

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Clement Chiwoko
Clement Chiwoko
6 years ago

My advice to Federer is to make sure that every dollar he spends is for the Children otherwise it will all go to the Politicians pockets through the people who are working for him in Malawi.

phiri
6 years ago

Thank you very much May the Good Lord continue to Bless You FEDERER!!!!!
Lets use the donation for its intended purpose. Chonde Abale Anga inuuuu!!!

Imraan Sadick
6 years ago

Is that mediocre structure I saw on TV? Damn he should have done better

Rodgers Banda
Rodgers Banda
6 years ago

To lay a strong foundation for pre schools will be a hard nut just it is hard to improve primary schools which are now rated 3 percent compared to Kamuzu days which were too jealousy.

Issa
Issa
6 years ago

selina wiliyamuzi wayowoya bwino kwambiri

VIYAZI TEMBO
VIYAZI TEMBO
6 years ago

MR FEDERER! MUKUNGOTAYA NTHAWI NDI MALANGIZO, THESE DPP BABOONS DO NOT KNOW THE VALUE OF EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT ESPECIALLY THAT STREET WOMAN NEXT TO YOU, I WONDER IF SHE IS TALKING ENGLISH OR CHILOMWE TO YOU CHIFUKWA CHIZUNGU CHA AMAIWA NDI CHOOLA, NO WONDER MALAWI IS A POORLY DUMBEST NATION IN AFRICA AND WORLD AT LARGE.

The real ujeni
The real ujeni
6 years ago

Rodger Federer is the worlds best Tennis player, he has won 17 grand slams with Rafael Nadal coming second with 10 Grand slams.

Change
Change
6 years ago

Somebody tell me? I thought it should be the Minister of Youth and not Disability?

matutu
matutu
6 years ago

As Malawians we should thank such well wishers for this country. There are so many such ppl like Federer. Madona is a mother one. We should not let them down.

Charter
Charter
6 years ago

Akweni has an agenda against men generally! “Breeding children” is a complex issue significantly involving women as well!

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