World Vision Malawi has donated assorted learning materials, including supplementary books to seven primary schools and 30 reading camps in Senior Chief Kameme’s area in Chitipa District.
In an interview, World Vision Malawi Kameme Area Programme Gift In Kind chairperson Vicknes Msukwa said they wanted to promote literacy in the district.
“The supplementary books will help learners to improve in reading, writing and numerical skills. We noticed that reading culture was dying among children; hence, the gesture,” she said.
Msukwa urged schools to take good care of the books, saying knowledge is power.
Ilengo Zone assistant coordinator Joseph Shella said the books will avert shortage of learning resources in schools.
“The books have come at the right time when learners need to widen their knowledge and reading skills to enhance their chances of passing national examinations,” he said.
On her part, Godfridah Mgode, who runs a reading camp in Amon VII Village, commended World Vision Malawi for the donation.
“I did not have teaching materials. With the resources, my work will be easy,” she said.
Chitipa district director of education, youth and sports Votie Mboweni said the donation will address the shortage of reading materials and revamp reading culture in the district.
“Learners will benefit a lot through reading; they will enhance their vocabulary, know how to spell words and construct grammatically correct sentences. As a result, they will easily pass their examinations,” he said.
The supplementary books were a gift from World Vision Canada. Out of 9 291 books, 2 091 will be allocated to the area’s seven primary schools while 7 200 will go to 30 reading camps.