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Mangochi children urged to aim high in studies

Written by  Lydia Kalonde
Leaving No Child Behind: Learners take part in the commemorations  - Pic courtesy of Mangochi District Education Network (MADEN) Leaving No Child Behind: Learners take part in the commemorations - Pic courtesy of Mangochi District Education Network (MADEN)

Mangochi, August 4, 2018: Vice Chairperson for Mangochi District Council, Councilor Twaha Salanje has urged youth in Mangochi to aim higher in their studies and not to be carried away with “greener pasture fantasy in South Africa popularly known as ‘Jubeki’”.  

He made the call at Lungwena Primary School where he presided over the district’s Day of the African Child commemorations.

Salanje said much as going to South Africa or Jubeki as people in Mangochi call it was not a wrong thing to do, youth in the district should strive to attain high education to land good jobs both abroad and at home.

“We have role models in Mangochi we need to admire and those youth going to South Africa when they come with various materials the rest start wishing they could go to South Africa too looking for greener pastures,” he explained,

Salanje added that, “We do not have issues with those going there, but we are saying first go to school and attain higher education so that you make yourself marketable for good employment.”

The Vice Chairperson bemoaned high school dropout rate in the district a tendency he said led the district council and the departments of education and social welfare to formulate by-laws to enhance the children’s rights to education to protection.

The District’s Desk Officer for Primary Education, Noel Mzunga acknowledged the challenges facing the education sector and described the Day of the African Child event as suitable platform to sensitize parents and the communities to take the issues of education seriously.

He said with the help of Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) in the District the education sector had managed to put in place different interventions to ensure that children were staying and completing school.

The commemorations were held under the theme ‘Leaving no Child Behind’ and it was marked by a march, poems, stage plays and songs with deliberate messages on the importance of keeping children in school.

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