Community leaders in Balaka district have commended Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO) for its
commitment towards improving the education of young people in the district.
The community leaders said this at Kankawo Community Ground during the finals of YONECO Trophy that was aimed at raising community awareness on the importance of education and child rights issues.
In his remarks, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chanthunya said that the trophy will help to increase the enrolment of learners in the schools that are in his area. Furthermore, T/A Chanthunya also added that the child rights awareness campaign that was fused into the trophy will accelerate child protection activities in the area.
“I am very thankful to YONECO for organizing this trophy in my area and it has helped to make people aware of child rights. Parents and guardians will stop violating children’s right to education this area,” said T/A Chanthunya.
According to YONECO’s Project Officer for Balaka district, Patrick Makonde, the trophy helped a lot in raising the awareness levels of community members on issues pertaining to child rights and protection as well as the importance of education. Makonde further stated that cases of child abuse are common in the district.
“The awareness campaign will go a long way in reducing child rights violations that also affect children’s education,” Makonde said.
The Primary School Education Advisor (PEA) for Kankawo Education Zone, Andrew Mathews, expressed his appreciation and added that the trophy has helped to create a good relationship among learners, teachers and the communities. In this regard, the PEA stated that the relationship that was established through the trophy saw a number of learners enrolling in various primary schools that are in the education zone.
In the football category, Mseche Primary School walked away with MK 30,000 after beating Namikonde Primary School to emerge as winners while in the netball category, Rivirivi Primary School defeated Mchima Primary School to get the MK 30,000 prize money.
YONECO, with support from Plan Malawi, launched the MK 60, 000 Trophy on 26 May, 2015