Wednesday, May 8, 2013

65 adult learners graduate in Salima

ADRA Malawi through the Tsogolo Labwino Project has facilitated capacity building of 65 adult learners who are now able to read and write. The graduates received certificates at a colorful ceremony held at Traditional Authority Kambwiri in Salima District.
According to Shadreck Bandawo, Tsogolo Labwino Community Development Coordinator, the number of graduates was a big success considering that many students left the formal education 30 years ago, but were still eager to advance their skills  . He however bemoaned the low number of male students who were only 2 out of 65.
Speaking during the function, Traditional Authority kambwiri urged people in his area to enroll in adult school classes. He advised graduates to use the skills acquired meaningfully especially for the development of the area.
Graduates displaying their certificates
The graduating class started learning in July 2012 with the initial enrollment of 136 students and only 8 were men. The oldest graduate was Selina Eliya 70, who shared her joy when she received her certificate.
For women the reading and writing skills would help them raise their self esteem and give them the opportunity to participate or elected in decision making positions in community based organization structures that have high male domination.
Tsogolo Labwino Project is being supported by Australia to improve the quality of life for people of Salima. 

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