Premier mobile service provider TNM has donated K2.8 million to the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) to help set up a disability inclusive environment at Kalambo Primary School in Lilongwe’s Area 25.
The money will be used to transform the school’s environment into an inclusive one for children with disabilities.
Speaking during the cheque presentation ceremony in Blantyre, TNM’s Head of Marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the mobile operator is committed to ensuring that children with disabilities access quality education and become self-reliant
“lt is TNM’s belief that every child despite their physical condition must be given opportunity to access education. Inclusive education as advocated by MACOHA is one key approach to achieve self-reliance for the physically challenged,” said Ngwenya.
Ngwenya said the donation was in response to request by Macoha during the 2014 MACOHA flag week held under the theme “inclusiveness is the key to education of children with disabilities”.
“TNM believes that to attain an inclusive society and have persons with disabilities that are self-reliant; there is need for inclusiveness to start from children with disabilities being included in the classrooms which should eventually ensure their participation in social economic activities,” he said.
He appealed to teachers to show love and compassion to children with disabilities so that they feel not to being left out.
“While our donation goes towards the infrastructure and equipment, let me also appeal to the special needs teachers to go out their way to show love and compassion to the physically challenged children to ensure they remain in school,” said TNM’s Head of Marketing.
In his remarks MACOHA acting executive director Peter Ngomwa described TNM’s donation as timely since the institution is still in fundraising for the same initiatives.
“During the flag week, Macoha sought to raise funds to rehabilitate five primary schools in Lilongwe into disability inclusive facilities and this donation from TNM will really have great impact in our interventions” said.
The donation will cater for building ramps and rehabilitation of doors, buying assistive devices such as wheelchairs, clutches and hearing aids.
TNM also sponsors 20 visually challenged girls with their secondary school education needs through an NGO, Hope for the Blind.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :