By Mary Makhiringa
Balaka, November 26, Mana: Oxfam on Monday donated hand washing facilities and soap to schools in Balaka in the efforts to contain further spread of Covid-19.
Balaka District Council disclosed that hand washing facilities were not enough in most schools due inadequate resources that could cater for all the schools in the district.
Over 15 primary schools and two community day secondary schools have benefited from the Oxfam donation whose hand over took place at Nkhonde Primary School in the district.
Oxfam Country Director, Lingalireni Mihowa said their partner Oxfam Hong Kong provided the funds which meant for education support to girls and other vulnerable children in the country.
She said the support facilitated the purchase of hand washing facilities for all targeted schools.
“We have made procurement such that each and every school will have its own hand washing facility to support the education sector,” Mihowa said.
Apart from Balaka, Oxfam has donated the same in items in Dowa as a way of complimenting government in protecting school going children against Covid-19 pandemic.
She called on all girls who have fallen pregnant during the long holiday to ensure they get back to their respective schools after delivery.
“The First Lady herself has advocated for all girls who are pregnant right now that should consider going back to school, the minister of education too said that the readmission policy allows girls to go back to school,” Mihowa added.
After receiving the donation, Coordinating Primary Education Advisor, McPeter Lumbani commended the Oxfam for the donation saying the donation help schools to promote hand washing practices amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This donation has come at the right time and we appeal for more donors to come forward to assist us with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, hand sanitizer, for teachers as they are also at risks,” he added.
A standard 8 learners at Nkhonde Primary School, Doris Masina acknowledge the Oxfam donation saying her school was really in need of adequate hand washing facilities.