Headteacher Appeals for Support to Introduce School Feeding Program in Madisi
Highlighting the challenges confronting the school, Tsokwe expressed grave concerns about the absence of clean, potable water, deeming it a grave threat to the well-being of both students and teachers
Madisi, Dowa District, Malawi— Hilda Tsokwe, the Headteacher of Mtiti Primary School in Madisi, Dowa District, is urging the government and various organizations to back their plans of initiating a school feeding program aimed at retaining students' attendance, writes Philord Magalasi.
Tsokwe emphasized that this initiative stemmed from the stark observation of poor harvests within households surrounding the school, which she believes will likely have a detrimental impact on student attendance.
"In light of the meagre household harvests we've witnessed, it has become imperative for us to consider a school feeding program to ensure that our learners stay in school," Tsokwe stated.
The headteacher explained that while the school managed to cultivate maize in the previous farming season, the harvest alone might not suffice for the sustained implementation of the program due to the substantial student enrollment.
Highlighting the challenges confronting the school, Tsokwe expressed grave concerns about the absence of clean, potable water, deeming it a grave threat to the well-being of both students and teachers.
Furthermore, she lamented the inadequate availability of textbooks, a circumstance exacerbating the difficulties faced by educators in delivering the essential quality of education.
Mtiti Primary School, a government-sponsored institution, serves children from multiple villages in the jurisdiction of Senior Chief Chakhaza, boasting an enrollment of one thousand one hundred and ninety-eight eager learners.
The school's administration remains hopeful that their call for support in implementing the school feeding program will resonate with relevant authorities and organizations, ensuring that the pursuit of knowledge is not hindered by external challenges.