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Malawi: Journalist in news-reading campaign in secondary schools

Sellaphine Banda

Lilongwe — Centre for Education Development (CFED) through Tiwerenge Project Sunday donated free Weekend Nation newspapers to Muloza Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Mulanje District to promote the reading culture among students.

Muloza CDSS becomes the tenth school to receive the news papers from CFED across the country.

CFED President Albert Sharra, a renowned journalist, said the project is an innovation meant to bring change in the promotion of reading culture in Malawi.

“Besides promoting the reading culture, the project will ensure that students and teachers are well versed with current affairs to help them make informed decisions,” said Sharra adding that CFED was still looking for more sponsorship to increase the number of schools to benefit from the project in the country.

In his remarks Muloza Head Teacher, Clement Majawa lauded CFED for the donation, saying besides promoting reading culture among students, the newspapers will enhance students’ writing skills.

Majawa said the school has already identified a patron for the project to ensure smooth implementation and a students’ club will also be set up to facilitate the same.

Schools that have started benefiting from the project include Mulunguzi CDSS and Primary School (Zomba), Lumbira CDSS and John Pual II Leadership & IT institute (Blantyre), Ntambanyama Primary School (Thyolo) and Livingstonia CDSS (Rumphi).

In Mchinji District, Chankhate Primary is also benefiting from the project. CFED was founded in 2015 and operates in all the districts in Malawi.

According to Sharra, the project runs from January to July 2019 with the hope to be extended depending on the success of the current phase as well as availability of sponsorship. In the initial phase of the project, Sharra said would use personal funds.

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