In a bid to establish reading centres under the National Reading Programme (NRP), Nkhotakota District council Thursday trained 46 extension workers to assist in the development of the centres.
Speaking during the training, District Commissioner for Nkhotakota, Felix Mkandawire said NRP is just a way of restoring Malawi’s lost glory which was there during independence.
He explained that literacy levels are directly connected to development of the country.
“NRP is one of the tools to help us go back to the past where our country used to provide the best education in Southern Africa. The dream of Malawi restoring its glory will be realized.
“Poor education background has turned us into beggars; if we are to develop then let us stop the begging syndrome by investing much into education through good management of reading centres, Mkandawire said.
The DC said the programme will be a success if people change their mindset and remain committed.
Mkandawire urged the extension workers to include every person irrespective of gender as a way of sustaining the programme.
He added: “Donors will not be there all the time. Let us link the programme with the already existing structures in our areas so that people own it, making it sustainable at local level.”
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA