Shine on Malawi has launched a school-feeding programme which will see learners from Mzalangwe Education Zone in Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba District receiving Likuni Phala.
Speaking on Thursday at Chalunga Primary School in the area, Shine on Malawi director Stalin Mwaghandila said the programme will help reduce dropout and absenteeism.
“We believe that this programme will enable more learners to attend primary school education and address malnutrition issues among children,” he said.
Mwaghandila also said theywill construct modern kitchens in primary schools in the zone.
In a separate interview, one of the organisation’s donors from the United States, Sarah Lindmaak, said they will continue to support initiatives that improve education in the country.
“I am going back to American a very happy person and will work hard to get more funds to extend the programme in many schools,” she said.
On her part, Mzalangwe Zone primary education adviser Gertrude Gama urged parents to send their children to school.
“We still have problems of child marriages in this area. I urge parents to stop marrying off children so they can complete their education and become useful citizens,” she said.
Isabel Shaba, a Standard Eight learner at Chalunga Primary School, said the feeding programme will be a motivation to learners.
“Many children do not go to school because of hunger. Now they have no excuse to stay at home,” she said.
The Mzimba-based organisation alsoimplements projects on education, agriculture and social responsibility.