In a bid to promote district level accountability in the delivery of education services, Action Aid has introduced an innovation which will address challenges to achieving high education standards, Malawi News Agency has learnt.
According to Action Aid Project Officer in Mangochi, Masozi Mkandawire the initiative would address social accountability by working with the district council and building the capacity of various players in decision making positions to understand inclusive and accountable governance.
“By working with the district council, efforts will be directed towards creating spaces for civil society organisations engagement and how the District Education Manager and District Executive Committee could create a conducive environment that allows for participation of citizens in decision making processes,” he said.
Mkandawire observed that such engagement was crucial because it would empower people to make decisions that affect the education of learners in their respective communities.
He was speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency on Thursday on the sidelines of a DEC meeting in Mangochi on the introduction of enhancing district level accountability capacity for education service delivery project.
The project officer said that the intervention would advocate and build linkages with the district council to ensure social sector profiles were informed by district indicators to further boost evidence based planning.
“More importantly, the project will attempt to address such challenges in enhancing decentralization as lack of accountability and weak reporting decentralized system and inadequate education services to qualitatively reach a wider population,” Mkandawire said.
Mkandawire further said the three year programme would aim at increasing quality of education and other related social service delivery at district and school levels respectively. He said it would strengthen district level partnerships and multi stakeholder coordination.
“Under the component of partnerships, emphasis will be on government and CSOs collaboration for improved advocacy on social accountability in education,” he said and added; “District Education Networks will have systems in place to coordinate and conduct social accountability activities in district education services.”
According to Mkandawire, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund’s supported project would be implemented in five districts of Chitipa, Dedza, Machinga, Mangochi and Nsanje as part of the UN Joint Programme on Girls’ Education.
Over 25 schools in Mkumba and Mdinde education zones in Mangochi stand to benefit from the K146 million project funding.
Director of Planning and Development for Mangochi District Council, Walter Chikuni commended Action Aid for the intervention, saying it would go a long way in uplifting education standards.
Chikuni encouraged various stakeholders in the education sector to join hands with Action Aid in order for the efforts to be meaningful and sustainable.
He, therefore, assured that the district council would provide Action Aid the necessary support for the smooth running of the project.
Action Aid established in Malawi in 1990 focuses on education and the youth, women’s rights, just and accountable governance, food and nutrition security, climate resilience and HIV and Aids among other areas.
Source: Malawi News Agency