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Government officers drilled on NRP in Blantyre

Written by  Solister Mogha

Blantyre, October 25, 2017: Primary Education Advisors (PEA), extension workers, social workers and heads of departmen from Blantyre and Mwanza Districts are undergoing a National Reading Programme (NRP) training aimed at instilling a reading culture among Malawians.

The training intends to impart knowledge and skills among the officers who will be spearheading the program in their respective districts and different localities mobilizing parents and communities as regards the importance of reading.
Speaking during the opening of the three day training on Monday, District Education Manager for Blantyre, (DEM), Paul Chiphanda said the aim of the national reading program is to establish a reading culture among children through the provision of reading and learning materials and enhancing teachers’ capacities, among other things.

Chiphanda said it is the wish of the Malawi Government to see improvements in children’s reading skills by encouraging a stronger reading altitude in the country.

“The training is one of the many activities planned. We expect that after this training, the officers will go back to their various communities and inform people about the need to encourage their children to read books," he said.

The programme is being implemented by the Malawi Government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Commenting on the training, Rosemary Taulo, a social worker participating in the training said the workshop would empower them with the necessary knowledge and skills to reach out to communities and create a reading culture among them.

"We work with communities, therefore, the training is one of the tools required for the successful implementation of the programme," she said.

Taulo added that through the training, they have learnt that they can establish reading clubs in their communities where children can engage in different reading and writing activities.

The National Reading Programme is a Government of Malawi initiated Program that was established in 2016 with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is being implemented in all the 28 districts across the country.


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