Go Back to School, Education Authorities Challenge School Dropouts

Mlowe urges school dropouts to return to school Mlowe urges school dropouts to return to school - pic by Hastings Jimani

A senior education official in Mulanje has challenged children that were affected by the Tropical Cyclone Freddy and dropped out of school to go back to school as life has to go back to normal after the disaster.

Coordinating Primary Education Advisor Emily Mlowe said this on Thursday at Chimwaza Primary School ground during an open day activity organized by the District Social Mobilization Committee (DSMC), a committee that is promoting the dissemination of integrated messages on human life under KULUMIKIZA project.

"The challenges have been and will be there but you should not allow them to affect your studies, persevere and focus on your education," said Mlowe.

Group Village Headman Duswa who spoke on behalf of traditional leaders said each time they have a meeting in their villages they talk something relating to education, health and Gender.

"We take advantage of every event happening in our villages to disseminate messages of almost all crosscutting issues," said GVH Duswa.

Pastor Anne Themba of the Assemblies of God Church in Mulanje said the clergy's focus is not preaching the word of God only but also speak on issues that affect their followers.

"We deal with the body and the soul, that is to say spiritual and physical wellbeing of not only our followers but also those around us as Jesus Christ did while on earth," said Pastor Themba. 

A member of the National Social Mobilization Committee (NSMC) Felix Misomali told Zodiak Online that duty bearers at national, district and community levels should continue disseminating messages on education, health, child protection, food security and nutrition, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and disasters.

"The cyclone affected almost all sectors and things stopped working but we cannot continue crying, we need to wake up and resume our activities," said Misomali.

KULUMIKIZA project is implemented by the Ministry of Information with funding from UNICEF.

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