Charchar Trust to expand its partnerships

Blantyre: The Charlotte Parker Charitable Trust (CharChar), an educational charity which supports Malawi government in promoting and improving literacy through provision of unique educational resources in rural setting, says it is planning to expand its partnership base to ensure quality service delivery.

CharChar Trust National Coordinator, Natalie Conti said this on Thursday in Blantyre during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting which attracted government officials as well as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Conti said the Trust hopes that the partnership will also cement the already existing formal partnership with the government to enable thousands of underprivileged children across Malawi have a brighter future through literacy.

We believe that the partnership will enable Malawi government improve teaching inputs, facilitate more effective learning and increase learning achievement. In addition, the partnership will also assist government increase net enrolment, completion rates and reduce repetition and dropout rates, said Conti.

She added that currently, the organization which also supports literacy program delivery through the National Reading Program (NRP) and training qualified volunteer teachers is working with partners such as with Emmanuel Teachers Training College under the Bridging the Gap project, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and African Vision Malawi.

While commending the Trust for its initiative, Blantyre District Education Manager (DEM), Paul Chiphanda emphasized the need for NGOs in the education sector to work together for the betterment of the school going children in the district.

CharChar Trust is doing a commendable job of making sure that no child is denied the right to education. But there is need for NGOs in the sector to join forces to make sure that there is equal distribution of resources among the learners, said Chiphanda.

Founded by Kelvin Parker in memory of his wife Veronica and daughter Charlotte who were brutally murdered by a bull elephant eleven years ago in Zimbabwe, CharChar targets both school-going and dropout children as well as adult learners in densely populated areas like Mpemba, Lirangwe, Mtenjera, Mitsidi and Matindi.

With over 50 000 learners benefiting from its program, the Trust supplies educational materials such as English and Chichewa dictionary and sets of reading books.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA