Eleven year old Morton Juma, who narrowly escaped death in the hands of a murderer mid this year (2016), is said to be settling well both academically and socially under his sponsor Mzuzu International Academy where he is pursuing his education.
Juma fall victim of the attack in June in Karonga, believably for purposes of rituals, but he escaped death and his 33 year old attacker is now behind bars for life.
After this ordeal, he felt his life was in danger. His parents explained that their child lived in fear and trauma and that he dropped out of school for fear of being abducted and killed.
However, soon after the sentence to life imprisonment of his attacker, Mzuzu International Academy pledged to grant sponsorship for Juma to continue his education at the institution as well as ensure his security.
Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency Thursday, Principal for the academy, Peter Yates, said the institution was delighted to have lived up to its promise.
He said Morton Juma has settled in well since the beginning of the term and that he is performing better than he did when he enrolled.
“He’s extremely cordial and this has helped him to settle in very well. His performance has improved compared to the first time he joined,” said Yates.
Juma is in standard six at the academy. The Principal said though the boy has settled well, he has some challenges to cope with as he comes from very different educational and family back grounds if compared with the rest of his classmates at the school.
Yates further stated that the boy had long stayed off school back in his home village and that the change of environment had an impact on him.
“He comes from a different educational and family background if compared to his mates. The change of environment and being off school for a long time has affected him a lot,” said Yates.
Nevertheless, the Principal said Juma is happy, especially with his colleagues always around.
“He is very happy and he has big brothers and sisters looking after him and making him feel safe and secure,” he said.
However, Yates said he would be pleased to see many children like Morton Juma given the opportunity to be someone great in life. He expressed excitement that Mzuzu International Academy has led the way.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :