From street kid to pilot: How Prophet Bushiri changed Anthony’s life

By Sifiso Mabunda, ecgnews.online Ten years ago, Antony Kaombe, now 25, was a hopeless orphan, a street kid; but after being adopted by Prophet Bushiri, today, he is a qualified pilot, about to fly people to every corner of the world. His story of birth, though, doesn’t begin with pain and poverty. His father, a Malawian, and mother, a Zimbabwean, weren’t poor. “My mother was a police officer and my father a military soldier. I didn’t have a troubled…

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Ministry of Education, UNICEF launch primary schools COVID-19 emergency radio education programme

By Mwayi Gowelo, MANA In order to allow primary school students continue with their studies at home since schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in collaboration with UNICEF, has launched an Emergency Radio Education Program (EREP). At the launch on Wednesday, Minister William Susuwele Banda said the radio program was to encourage the learners to continue concentrating on their studies while they are home and plans are on board to introduce…

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UNICEF, Airtel Africa partner to support children and families affected by COVID-19

By Duncan Mlanjira As millions of children are affected by school closures due to COVID-19, UNICEF announced a new partnership with Airtel Africa aimed at providing children with access to remote learning and enable access to cash assistance for their families via mobile cash transfers.  Under this partnership, UNICEF and Airtel Africa will use mobile technology to benefit an estimated 133 million school-age children currently affected by school closures in 13 countries across sub- Saharan Africa during the COVID-19…

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Chikwawa Council awards teachers, schools for best performance

By Lawrence Chilomo, MANA Chikwawa District Council on Tuesday awarded primary schools, their teachers and education zones for their best performance in the number of leaners selected to national secondary schools across the country in the 2018/2019 Primary School Leaving Certificate Examinations (PSLCE). Speaking during the award ceremony at Chikwawa Primary School under Boma Zone, Chikwawa Council’s director of education youth and sports, Chrissie Chimsale said the awards were to acknowledge their performance and inspire them to continue working hard….

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Government forms task force on re-opening of schools

By Arkangel Tembo, MANA Government, through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has formed a taskforce to oversee the issue of possible re-opening of schools and colleges that were closed on March 23 in view of the COVID-19. The membership is drawn from the academia, civil society, development partners and school associations to map the way forward on whether to re-open schools soon. The taskforce was formed on Wednesday at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre during the National…

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COVID-19 contributing to child labour in Ntcheu

By Maston Kaiya, MANA Ntcheu residents have expressed concern that since the closure of schools due to COVID-19 there has been an increase in child labour in the district. One resident, Effod Geza a lot of child labour issues is observed during market days at Mphate, Tsangano turnoff and Kampempuza markets where children are sent to sell various small scale business items. “When we ask the children, they say since schools are closed, their parents are sending them to…

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Public dismayed by Kalibu Academy’s ‘arrogant and condescending’ communication to students’ parents

By Duncan Mlanjira The social media is awash with condemnation of a statement that has come from Kalibu Academy to parents and guardians, which has been described as rude, arrogant, unprofessional, patronizing, condescending and downright bullish in nature. The letter, dated May 9, 2020 which is informing the parents that it is one week old of its third term through its online teaching and learning service, is reacting to “vocal criticism on social media against Kalibu Academy from certain…

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Unicaf urges universities to embrace online teaching and learning

By Ireen Kayira Unicaf University-Malawi has urged other universities in the country and across Africa to adopt online learning and teaching. The university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Kuthemba Mwale said this during a virtual graduation that the university held on Friday at at its Lilongwe Campus. Mwale said the current COVID-19 pandemic has clearly illustrated the need for online learning and teaching modes, saying this system allows students to concentrate to concentrate on studies whilst attending to other economic…

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Mchinji touted as biggest potential for aquaculture in Central Region

  By Owen Zayambika, MANA Mchinji is said to have the biggest potential for fish farming in Central Region among the districts not situated along Lake Malawi. According to recent data from the Fisheries Department, Mchinji has the most number of fish farmers, fish ponds and largest land where aquaculture activities are taking place among Central Region districts not situated along the lake. Mchinji District Fisheries Officer, Gertrude Kajado said currently the district has 553 fish farmers, 716 fish…

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Ministry of Education warns private schools from opening for classes

By Duncan Mlanjira Ministry of Education, Science & Technology has stopped some private schools which have flighted adverts informing their students the resumption of classes, saying schools remain closed until the “Government provides instructions on the way forward. All schools and colleges were closed on March 23 following the declaration of National State Disaster by President Peter Mutharika “with the view to protect learners, teachers and parents from contracting Coronavirus”. “We are extremely grateful to the people of Malawi…

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