BY BLAIR MHONE
As part of the implementation of its ‘Promoting Equal Access to Education in Malawi’ (PEATEMA) project, the Synod of Livingstonia Education Department has embarked on distribution of Covid-19 prevention material to 205 schools in the three northern districts of Chitpita, Karonga and Nkhata Bay.
Speaking during a ceremonial handover of the material at Ipyana, in Karonga, the Synod’s Executive Director in the education department, Joseph Munyimbiri said there was a great need to revise and realign budgets with its partners in order to cushion some effects of the pandemic which almost disrupted teaching and learning.
“We have procured 410 hand washing basins to be distributed in 205 primary schools across three districts of Chitipa, Karonga and Nkhata-Bay. We believe preventive measures must be observed in all our schools including washing of hands.
“Promoting Equal Access to Education in Malawi Project needed to incorporate a visible project component hence the distribution of hand wash basins to reduce the spreading of the novel Covid-19 pandemic,” Munyimbiri said.
Speaking on behalf of Karonga District Education Director, Primary Education Advisor for Ipyana Education Zone, Butamiwe Mwalwanda hailed the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia for complementing government efforts in sensitizing the masses on the importance of following preventive measures in fighting Covid-19 in the education sector.
“The Synod has demonstrated total commitment to assist the government in the education sector, they have distributed washing basins and encouraged the wearing of face masks to ensure Covid-19 should no longer disrupt the teaching and learning in schools,” Mwalwanda said.
Also present at the function were the Synod General Secretary, Reverend William Tembo and his deputy Reverend Joseph Mwale.
The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia through its education department in partnership Sense Scotland and Scottish Government are implementing a K1.2 billion ‘Promoting Equal Access to Education in Malawi project running from October 2018 to March 2023.