By: Vincent Gunde
MINDSET CHANGE WILL UPLIFT THE VULNERABLES
A primary school teacher in Lilongwe, has urged Malawians to change their mindset to uplift lives of the vulnerables inorder to reduce the gap left between the poor and the rich in the country.
The teacher, Temwani Chilenga, who teaches at Chambu primary school, Dzenza zone, in Lilongwe Rural West, said Americans believe in uplifting one another saying wherever one can go in that country, one cannot tell the poor and the poorest communities.
She said she has been encouraged by the Americans to live in a world of sharing the little she have to the vulnerable communities for them to forget their worries and participate in the development of their areas.
Chilenga has been in the USA for 6 Weeks visiting states such as Florida, Washington DC, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Missouri.
Speaking in an interview, Chilenga said the purpose of her visit to USA was for her closest friends of Festus elementary school to know if she is existing on the ground and not on paper as she has only been seen by them through pictures and to be trained in the filtration system so that she could train the rural communities in Malawi on how to treat unsafe water for daily consumption.
Chilenga said the visit was also purposed to building a strong relationship between her being a Malawian teacher and colleagues of the USA, learn educational system and challenges faced by learners, teachers and schools in Malawi.
The teacher said her project of supporting the needy learners at her school, Chambu, is also being implemented in other schools such as Mtsiriza, Mtandire, Magwero, all in Lilongwe and Mengwe in Dowa district.
She disclosed that from September, the new first term of academic session in Malawi, each Std 1_4 learner at Chambu school in Lilongwe will be given a notebook and a pen and has plans to bring ready made food from home such as bread, bananas, milk etc as a feeding program instead of porridge ( phala) which is being implemented in schools where feeding programs exists.
Chilenga said her project has registered a remarkable success citing the chicken khola been constructed at Chambu village, a stone throw away from her school which already has a few chickens as a starter up, 10 learners in the ages of 6_ 12 years having track suits with 200 learners, all having school uniforms.
She expressed hope that her donors would be supporting her project in Malawi saying already their lives have improved with sustainability measures being put in place so that they continue after the donors pull out.
Chilenga’s visit to the USA was sponsored by Carly Schwarts, a teacher of Davern port school at Mk 1. 5 million.