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Mvama School learners visits young offenders at Maula Prison


By Sarah Gwetsani
Mvama LEA School standard 7 learners of Chimutu zone in Lilongwe Urban took their time off on Saturday interacting with young offenders aged from 19-22 a Maula Prison in Lilongwe in an education visit which shall live to remember in their memories.
The visit to Maula Prison was part of a lesson in the Bible Knowledge linked to Social Studies ‘’The Less Privileged’’ which include the orphans, the widows, street kids, patients in hospitals and prisoners that they must receive love, care, spiritual messages and comfort for the situation they are in.
The learners contributed by themselves supported by their parents and guardians items such as tablets of soap, surf, beans, Kamba puffs, Jigs, salt and whatever one has prepared to give to the young offenders on their journey to Maula Prison.
Speaking during the interaction meeting with the young offenders, Maula Prison’s Deputy in-Charge for Young Offenders Gaoler Kennetth Thom, advised the learners to always avoid committing crimes that will land them into prison cells.
Thom urged other school learners to emulate the example set by learners of Mvama Primary School cheering the young offenders expressing hope that others will be attracted that with a little they have they can come to visit the young offenders at the prison.
He appealed to organizations, friends and well-wishers to support the less privileged such as the young offenders saying with a little they can support, this can go a long way towards comforting them that one day as soon they will walk out to freedom, they will be changed persons.
….’’These young offenders are lacking love, spiritual messages, comfort, care and support you can give, let’s learn to give and share to the less privileged people for them to live positive lives,’’….said Thom.
And in his speech, Standard 7 teacher of the school Vincent Korea, thanked parents and guardians for dipping into their pockets money for the learners to buy the items they distributed to the young offenders saying without their support the trip could not have been made claiming their school contributed nothing towards their education visit.
Korea appealed to Malawians that as they are mourning Tropical Cyclone Freddy that has claimed hundreds of lives and left thousands of people displaced, they should also mourn the less privileged who are lacking support, love, comfort and care for them to contribute positively to the development of the country.
He said Malawians are sailing through hard and difficult financial constraints but this should not make them forget the less privileged such as prisoners, and patients in hospitals expressing hope that next time if God permits, they will organize another visit to Maula Prison.
….’’Let’s learn to give and share what we have with the less privileged, they need love, care,support and comfort,’’….said Korea.
One of the young offenders Chikumbutso Fleckson of Kasiya in Lilongwe, expressed gratitude with the love and support shown by learners of Mvama School in visiting them saying their visit is an encouragement to them that others outside are living with them in prayers.
Fleckson said the young offenders are ready to accept anything that will come to their table saying life is difficult in prison advising others ha are outside prison, to avoid committing crimes assuring the learners that when they go out, people will look at them as changed people spiriually.
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