By Emily Kaliwo
Chiradzulu, October 17, Mana: Anglican Council of Malawi has said it will empower communities in agriculture and education sector by economically improving food security and checking school progress among vulnerable school going children under “church and community integrated project.”
Project Coordinator, Florence Mgeni made the remarks on Friday when briefing Districts Executive Committee (DEC) Members on the project which is expected to benefit 250 household and 250 vulnerable children in primary schools found in the areas of Traditional Authority (TA) Ntchema and Sub-Traditional Authority (STA) Sandrak.
“The project will target standard 6-8 learners and 60 percent of the standard 8 learners will be replaced after they write their Primary School Leaving Certificate to fill the existing gap,” she said.
Mgeni said the beneficiary communities would be those surrounding Anglican Parishes.
She said that 40 percent of the learners would be Anglican Members and 80 percent of them would be girls and their mandate is to reach out the community socially, spiritually and economically.
Chiradzulu District Sports Officer, Patrick Mulinga said the project would help reduce school drop out in the targeted areas.
The three year project will be implemented in the seven districts of Chiradzulu, Phalombe, Nsanje, Blantyre, Thyolo, Chikwawa and Mulanje with funds from United Society Partners in the Gospel.
The beneficiaries will be provided with free farm inputs and they will betrainedin irrigation technics, establishment of Village Savings and Loans (VSLs) groups and youth clubs in schools while learners will be provided with free learning materialsas local leaders will be involved for sustainability of the project.