First Lady Getrude Mutharika on Thursday commended the Nkhoma Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) for the role it is playing in promoting special needs education in the country.
Speaking when she presented cash and assorted items sourced from Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust and various well-wishers to Malingunde School for the Blind owned by the synod in Lilongwe district, Mutharika said what the church is doing is a clear demonstration of what the Bible teaches about love.
“It is encouraging to note that the church is providing access to education to everybody including children with special needs so that they become useful citizens in future and contribute to the development of the country,” she said.
The First Lady, made a cash donation of K1 million which she said was realised during the National Day of Prayer for good rains and peace which took place in Lilongwe on January 9 this year while the assorted items were sourced from her office.
Madam Mutharika then pledged that she will, through her Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust, construct a fence and toilets at the school which was established in 1971.
Director of Special Needs in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Dr David Njaidi said government was committed to improving special needs education, citing the directive by President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika to have a resource room constructed for special needs students at Chancellor College as an example of such commitment.
He disclosed that government has identified a piece of land at Magwero in Lilongwe district to construct a Teachers’ College for special needs.
According to Nkhoma Synod’s Moderator, Reverend Dr Chatha Msangaambe, the school accommodates primary school learners with visual impairment from all districts in Malawi.