Lilongwe, Chiefs in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe have pledged to contribute maize and soya beans towards the school feeding programme, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.
Mary Chipeta, Headmaster for Ngowe Local Education Area School, one of the schools that will benefit from the contribution confirmed to Mana in an interview that 42 chiefs under Group Village Head Maziro in the area of TA Malili have pledged to support the school feeding program as a way of encouraging their children to attend and stay in school during lean periods.
Chiefs have pledged that every village will be contributing a pail of soya and a bag of maize towards the initiative following series of meetings with Development Aid for People to People (DAPP) in the area that aimed at encouraging parents to play a greater role in supporting their children’s education, said Chipeta.
Speaking in an interview with MANA, DAPP’s Leader for Lilongwe Rural West, Phillip Kazimkambani said the DAPP is happy to see that parents and chiefs in the area are taking an active role in the school feeding programme.
The programme design for keeping children in school project seeks to help communities to be responsible for the development of their children’s education as one way of ensuring the initiative is sustainable. Our hope is that school attendance and enrollment will go up as a result of the initiative, Kazimkambani said.
Group Village Head Maziro told Mana that their contributions will be enough to feed the children throughout the academic year.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA