Sparkle Foundation Malawi, a Zomba based Charity Organization has bemoaned lack of adequate resources is derailing government’s efforts of improving education standards in the country.
Speaking on the sidelines of donating learning and teaching materials in South East Education division on 2 July 2021, Sparkle Foundation Country Director Mwayi Mpinganjira said the country cannot achieve quality education target for every student when there are no books.
the Schools which benefited from the donation include Machinga Secondary School, Chikamveka Primary School, Nangopuma Primary School and One Heart Community Day Secondary School.
According to Mpinganjira, Sparkle Foundation decided to make the donation to complement government’s efforts to ensure that every student has an access to quality education.
“We cannot talk about quality education without adequate resources. So, when we discovered that there are many schools in South East Education Division that require books, we thought it wise to come and make the donation because we would like to compliment the efforts of the government to ensure that students have access to quality education through available resources like these books,” said Mpinganjira.
The Country Director further said students do not consider reading culture important which in turn contributes to overall poor performance.
“We urge the students to nurture reading habits to ensure that they acquire much reading knowledge as they can from materials which have given to them today,” said Mpinganjira.
Speaking after receiving the donation, One Heart Community Day Secondary headteacher Luke James Konala thanked Sparkle foundation for the timely gesture.
Konala told Nthanda Times that the books mean a lot to the newly established school in Zomba rural which currently needs support.
“As a baby which has just started a few months ago, we require a lot of support in terms of academic materials. These materials will really go a long way in addressing the challenge of learning materials, and will as well enhance and promote learners in terms of study circles. These materials will also provide in-depth knowledge to teachers when they are preparing to deliver lessons,” said Konala.
Konala also said the school needs hostels, piped water, and other relevant infrastructures such as library.
Expressing his happiness after receiving the books, One Heart CDSS Form one student Simplex Kaponda said the books will help to develop a reading culture at the school which will promote education standards at the new school.
Sparkle Foundation donated 485 books to Chikamveka Primary School, 375 books to Nangopuma Primary School, 186 books to One Heart CDSS all in Zomba, and 176 books to Machinga Secondary School.
Sparkle Foundation is also lobbying for more children to access Early Childhood Education to enhance their learning journey.