Learners at Litchenza Community Day Secondary School in Chiradzulu have applauded newly formed Dream Share Foundation (DSF) for giving them an opportunity to voice out their concerns on how the community should contribute to improvement of education.
One of the learners, Florence Phiri said this at the end of a community dialogue session on education and mentorship activities organised by Dream Share Foundation at the school.
By giving us room to speak with boys, teachers and other community members on what affects us as female learners, we were able to bring out issues that always make us suffer in silence, said Phiri, citing the absence of female teachers and other role models as a setback to efforts meant to promote education.
Dream Share’s Executive Director, Charles Kabena urged people of Litchenza Community to take a leading role in the promotion of their children’s education.
The community has a huge role of ensuring that children remain in school and aim high in life, Kabena said, adding that Malawi has several examples of people who have overcome challenges and made their names in contributing to the country’s development.
He, therefore, challenged the community to create platforms that would allow children interface with elders to voice out their challenges and find better solutions.
Children need not to suffer in silence if their dreams are to come true. As teachers, traditional and faith leaders, we need to create platforms that will allow children to voice their concerns and provide them with the much needed support, said Kabena.
All of us here have ever lived in the village and that should make you believe that it is possible, said Chancy Mloza who graced the event on behalf of Melbourne University’s Student Engagement Grant (SEG).
SEG gave Dream Share Foundation $1, 500 (over K1 million) which was used to procure school bags, exercise books, mathematical instruments and other learning materials for children in need.
Besides, the organization has also held mentorship activities at Muhasuwa, Njuli and other schools encouraging learners to work hard at school.
DSF also pays school fees for 419 students in 19 schools across the country.
Source: MANA Online