By Hastings Yobe
Lilongwe, Mana: Bwaila Media Club (BMC) says everyone must be the change they want to see by playing their part in activities that can help in the social development of the country.
Vice president of BMC Sylvester Kumwenda made the call Friday when the club donated textbooks and conducted a tree planting exercise at Chadza 1 community Day Secondary School (CDSS) at Nathenje in Lilongwe.
Speaking to Malawi News Agency (MANA) after the exercise, Kumwenda said it is the responsibility of every Malawian to take interest in issues that can develop the country.
“As BMC, we are involved in capacity building of our members in respect to their professions. However we realized that there is still a lot we can offer in helping our communities in various aspects like awareness of emerging issues, agriculture, health and amongst others; education.
“Many learning institutions are facing challenges like lack of learning resources. This is why we decided to mobilize some funds and purchase these textbooks which we hope will motivate the learners to keep studying hard and excel in their education,” said Kumwenda.
On the tree planting exercise, Kumwenda said as the world is facing climate change challenges, it is important to teach the youth of the dangers of climate change and what their responsibility is in averting the crisis.
“It is no longer a secret as to what climate change can do to humanity and everyone’s livelihoods, as evidenced by the recent chaotic rains. This is why we wanted to teach the learners the importance of taking care of the environment so that they may become champions of environmental conversation,” said Kumwenda.
The club distributed around 50 senior classes textbooks in subjects like English, Chemistry, Geography, Biology and Literature.
The tree planting exercise saw the donation of fruit seedlings, mibawa, banana seedlings amongst others. The whole exercise costed the group, which is composed of media and Public Relations practitioners plying their trade in the central region of Malawi, around K300000.
In his remarks, school manager for Chadza 1 CDSS Joseph Chunga said the coming in of BMC to lend a hand to the institution will inspire a lot of leaners to do better in education.
These books which the club has donated to the school will help a lot of students, most especially the learners who are preparing to write their exams this coming exam series.
“On the other hand, it will ease our job of teaching our learners here because it is much viable to do your job when you have proper and adequate resources, said Chunga.
Chunga said the trees will in the future act as wind blocks, which will protect the school’s infrastructure from future unforeseen environmental disasters.
Councilor for Ngala ward where the school is located, Steve Chikuvila, said what Bwaila media club has done is a great gesture as most of the times such opportunities do not reach the rural areas.
“Due to lack of resources, learners might tend to drop out of school anyhow which is very worrisome because we know that keeping our children in school is one of the strategies in ensuring their bright future and subsequent development of this community.
“But with this donation, we believe we will manage to keep our learners in school as they will be motivated with this,” he said.