Archbishop Tambala Preaches New Model of Education
The Catholic Church in the country is calling for the adoption of a new model of providing education as demand for space, materials and structures keep rising every year.
Archbishop George Tambala of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, who is also Episcopal Conference of Malawi chairperson, said on Sunday in Lilongwe that use of technology and upgraded structures must be the focus moving forward in responding to challenges the education sector is facing in terms of human capital development needed to transform the nation.
“As you know, schools evolve. Schools are living entities. Times change, the needs of those who want to be educated also change, hence the need for finding new models of education,” said the archbishop at 60 years anniversary thanksgiving Eucharistic Mass for Likuni Girls Secondary School.
He disclosed that as Lilongwe Archdiocese, plans are already underway to change the model of imparting education in its existing education structures and the ones to be constructed in each deanery beginning next year.
The church, Archbishop Tambala, said it believes in a holistic approach for providing education in its facilities.
He, however, lamented a lack of discipline in the upbringing of children in family setups which is resulting in the ushering in of professionals that have no morals in the modern world.
First Lady Monica Chakwera, an alumnus of Likuni Girls Secondary School (LGSS), who graced the celebrations challenged the young generation to champion innovative measures to transform the education sector in the country.
“I’m appealing to people that are educated, especially the young generation to come up with “outside the box” solutions Malawi needs now to improve the education sector,” said Chakwera.
Lilongwe Girls is among best performing schools in Junior Certificate of Education and Malawi School Certificate of Education examinations administered by the Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB).
Chairperson for board of governors for LGSS John Chome said the school is determined to maintain the legacy in shaping reliable citizens doing well in various sectors of the society.
The growing demand for space and new structures to accommodate more learners is among challenges Chome said the school is facing.
“The challenge we have going forward is to look at innovative ways of accommodating every girl particularly in an environment where parents are struggling to pay school fees and provide their wards with basic necessities,” he said.
Established in October 1953, LGSS is run by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and currently accommodates 600 girls from forms One to Four.
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