Lilongwe: Education Expertise Development Foundation (EEDF) has hailed EDUKANS for engaging students in the implementation of their three year Star School Model Project in the country.
EEDF Programme Officer, Moffat Njati said this Tuesday at Msamba Catholic Training Centre in Lilongwe when 32 Youth Advisory Board members were conducting bi-annual meeting supported by EDUKANS.
He said the involvement of the various stakeholders particularly the students in improving quality of education in most community day secondary schools is crucial and important.
it is pleasing to note that when the project concept was being designed, the students were not there and the planners may have include issues which are not even relevant to them but now involving them in the implementation process would help us understand their challenges better,’ Njati observed.
He pointed out that the members of the advisory boards would act as monitor and advocates in their various schools to ensuring that they are getting better education quality.
Njati said the members would act as role models in their schools and the project implementation teams would work with them closely all the time.
We have selected 32 of them, two a boy and a girl from each of the 16 CDSSs to represent the needs of their fellow students in their respective schools. The process will help to be empowered so that they should be able to look at issues different as students and role models, the programme office explained.
He said after a year of implementation and with the involvement of the students the project would be able to review and accommodate some adjustment that would be put forward to ensure that quality of education improves in CDSSs.
Country Representative for EDUKANS in Malawi, Limbani Nsapato viewed that the process of student involvement in decision making would instill leadership qualities among the students.
He said the project is encouraging student’s involvement in all processes that have direct impact in improving the quality of education in their schools.
We want to have CDSSs that are model in the country and that communities should appreciate that their children are getting the rightful and quality education so that at the end of the day they should be prepared to face new challenges in their texiary education, Nsapato said.
A Form 2 Student from Chimwala CDSS in Mangochi, Halima Shafi said the meeting would help the students to find ways and means to improve the quality of education in their schools.
We are facing a lot of challenges in our schools such as lack of desks, shortage qualified and libraries. We are appealing to various organizations to come forward to help us to address these issues in order to improve quality of education in our schools, she said.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA