Category Archives: Education

Foundation donates sewing machines to women

Lilongwe, Grace Foundation Monday donated four sewing machines to each woman from Traditional Authority (TA) Tsabango at Kaphiri in Lilongwe in an effort to empower young women and parents to be self-reliant.

Among beneficiaries include Rhodah Kamuzu, 24, from Ngongola village, Sibongile Kambalame, 22, from Katantha village, Esnart Dickson, 38, from Tumbwe and Joyce Davison from Phwetekele villages.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Chairperson for the Organization, Diana Winga said the donation was made to achieve their aim of improving the welfare of vulnerable single women.

We empower single women and guardians who are taking care orphans and vulnerable children economically to sustain them, she said.

Winga added that as an organization they provide them with business and tailoring capacity building, knowledge and skills through lessons so that they can become entrepreneurs who could be able to support themselves.

Village Head Ngongonda asked the beneficiaries to use it properly rather than not selling it.

If someone has found that she has sale or misuse it, will be not included to other local development resources reliefs done by other organizations done in her village, she noted.

Ngongonda urged other organizations to learn from the gesture shown by Grace Foundation.

Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Esnart Dickson expressed gratitude to the organization saying they would make money own their own without depending on her husband.

We had experience on sawing, designing clothes but we had no machine to put into practice what we have learned so with these machines will help us to open our tailing shop and create employment to others, she said.

Dickson added that they will ensure that they are using it appropriate ways so that it could last longer and change their lives.

Programme Manager for the organization, Watson Kulinji pointed out that Grace Foundation is planning to build houses for elderly, vulnerable people and provide scholarship to underprivileged students in the areas within the district as a way of keeping children in schools.

He added that they would visit various primary and secondary schools across the country to inspire them with assorted items such as writing materials including providing them with school fees and encouraging children to work hard in school.

Grace Foundation is a Lilongwe based Non-Governmental Organization which was founded in 2016 to assist the needy, including the elderly people.

Source: MANA Online

Foundation donates sewing machines to women

Lilongwe, Grace Foundation Monday donated four sewing machines to each woman from Traditional Authority (TA) Tsabango at Kaphiri in Lilongwe in an effort to empower young women and parents to be self-reliant.

Among beneficiaries include Rhodah Kamuzu, 24, from Ngongola village, Sibongile Kambalame, 22, from Katantha village, Esnart Dickson, 38, from Tumbwe and Joyce Davison from Phwetekele villages.

In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), Chairperson for the Organization, Diana Winga said the donation was made to achieve their aim of improving the welfare of vulnerable single women.

We empower single women and guardians who are taking care orphans and vulnerable children economically to sustain them, she said.

Winga added that as an organization they provide them with business and tailoring capacity building, knowledge and skills through lessons so that they can become entrepreneurs who could be able to support themselves.

Village Head Ngongonda asked the beneficiaries to use it properly rather than not selling it.

If someone has found that she has sale or misuse it, will be not included to other local development resources reliefs done by other organizations done in her village, she noted.

Ngongonda urged other organizations to learn from the gesture shown by Grace Foundation.

Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries, Esnart Dickson expressed gratitude to the organization saying they would make money own their own without depending on her husband.

We had experience on sawing, designing clothes but we had no machine to put into practice what we have learned so with these machines will help us to open our tailing shop and create employment to others, she said.

Dickson added that they will ensure that they are using it appropriate ways so that it could last longer and change their lives.

Programme Manager for the organization, Watson Kulinji pointed out that Grace Foundation is planning to build houses for elderly, vulnerable people and provide scholarship to underprivileged students in the areas within the district as a way of keeping children in schools.

He added that they would visit various primary and secondary schools across the country to inspire them with assorted items such as writing materials including providing them with school fees and encouraging children to work hard in school.

Grace Foundation is a Lilongwe based Non-Governmental Organization which was founded in 2016 to assist the needy, including the elderly people.

Source: MANA Online

An Agency promotes entrepreneurship in the country

Lilongwe, As one way of promoting business in Malawi, Stephens Entrepreneurs Consultancy Agency has organised exclusive entrepreneurship training workshop on April 6, 2019 at Chancellor College Little Theatre in Zomba.

The event is targeting students from high school, colleges, universities and business owners among others to assist them on how they can save, use money, invest, grow and spot strong investment opportunities to help the development of the country.

A Zambian based Business consultant and Co-founder for the agency, Stephen Chansongo said is committed to helping Malawian entrepreneurs on how they can make money through their own various skills and talents.

I want people to begin develop their businesses, with an aim to ease some problems in the district such as poor roads, housing, and infrastructure among others to be a thing of the past.

We want to see more vibrant youth ready for the future, a more united and entrepreneurial focused for Zomba district, he pointed out.

Chansongo added that event would help businesspersons to learn new methods of doing business in technological advanced world and impart them with skills and knowledge on how best they can promote and expand their clientele through unsure methods and techniques.

Malawi has vast potential and such a time when the economy is unpredictable and students are about to graduate, employment also at an all-time high now more than ever.

It would be a best time to have such an event to increase production and activity within the country to stabilize it, he said.

Stephen’s Entrepreneurs Consultancy Agency started in August 2016 with purpose of helping young aspiring entrepreneurs to make money through their talents, skills and ideas.

In 2016, while in the company he authored and published a book titled “Girl child development in schools in the community.

The book has received recommendation from Ministry of general education and had been approved to be used in schools, colleges and universities in Zambia.

The book is aimed at sensitizing educators in schools, colleges and universities on how best they can handle the various personalities in their classes as they facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, value and skills.

Source: MANA Online

South Africa: Task team to address attacks on foreigners

PRETORIA, A task team has been setup by government and members of the Diplomatic Corps to look into the sprouting of acts of violence against foreign nationals.

The development was announced by International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu at the conclusion of a meeting with ambassadors from African countries in South Africa. The meeting was also attended by Police Minister Bheki Cele and Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The meeting was a follow up to the first meeting that took place on Monday, where the Ministers together with the members of the Diplomatic Corps committed to working together to find a lasting solution to issues relating to incidents of attacks between South Africans and foreign nationals.

On Friday, Sisulu said the task team would comprise of officials from the DIRCO, Home Affairs, the police and representatives of the diplomatic community. They would put together a consolidated report on the issues raised during the meeting.

The emphasis right now is on the sporadic attacks � their extent, source and how much it costs the taxpayer. In our next session we are hoping to deal with the socio-economic problems that give rise to some of the sporadic attacks, she said.

The Minister emphasised government’s position that foreign nationals who entered the country legally were welcome and that they will be secured.

We are grateful for the kind of interaction we had with the diplomatic corps

We wanted to engage with them on how we would work together to deal with the sporadic attacks on foreign nationals and to find a common way in which we can deal both educating foreign nationals around issues our people might feel sensitive about.

We had brought information at our disposal to assist diplomatic services to understand the problems we are dealing with and how were addressing them, she said.

Should there be a need for any ambassador to meet with any of the ministers, Sisulu said, this would be made possible to deal with the core problems being experienced.

Cele said the meeting had brought a better understanding of issues experienced by South African authorities.

We accept that we do have challenges [and] that we together need to work to find solutions, including the agreement that bi-laterals would be arranged. Several countries are already are calling for them, he said.

He was happy to say there will be a better understanding and better communication going forward to make sure that issues are handled better.

The debate around criminality/xenophobia will continue because we are beginning to understand that these sporadic attacks are usually a reaction to some kind of activity on the ground � that was explained, he said.

DRC Ambassador and Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Bene M’poko, said the ambassadors appreciated the frankness of the meeting, saying it was important for the diplomatic community to get facts so that matters of concern are attended to and resolved.

Source: NAM News Network

UNICEF reaffirms support for South Africa to end child abuse

CAPE TOWN, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reaffirmed its support for South Africa to end child abuse in the country that has been plagued by the scourge for long.

UNICEF’s core focus in South Africa is on ending violence against children, the organization said in a statement.

UNICEF was reacting to allegations of serious child abuse at a South African nursery school where a female caregiver physically abused young children.

A video showing the abuse has gone viral on social media, and UNICEF said it was appalled at the content of the video showing the caregiver at the creche physically abusing young children whilst the other caregiver was capturing the horrifying footage.

The Carletonville nursery school in Gauteng Province, northeastern South Africa, has been closed and the caregiver in question has been arrested following public outrage over the incident.

The fact that this incident occurred in what is considered a safe space, namely, a nursery school, denies these children their dignity and their right to be secure, UNICEF said.

The organization said it would like to see the perpetrators of this crime facing the full might of the law so that this acts as a deterrent.

UNICEF cited statistics which show that one in three children experience violence in South Africa, often by an adult who is supposed to be taking care of them.

UNICEF said it has been assured by the progressive legal framework in this country that justice will be served and that the children and the families affected will receive necessary support.

Both the Constitution of this country and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, of which South Africa is a signatory, remind people that every child in South Africa has the right to be protected from all forms of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect in their homes and in their communities, said UNICEF.

The United Nations has ranked South Africa as among the world’s 10 most violent nations. According to police, 800 to 900 children are murdered every year in the country.

Source: NAM News Network