The competition is part of the NFYD’s My Life My Choice Project, it implements in some parts of the country to empower children in various aspects of life including financial, social and psychological aspects.
Speaking during the finals in Mzuzu, NFYD Programs Coordinator for the Northern Region, Agatha Silungwe said the competition instills confidence in the learners, prepares them for examination as well as unpack their potential.
For being the best in primary category, Kafulufulu received K100 000 worth of teaching and learning materials, a trophy and other motivational materials, runners up was Chididi of Nkhotakota while Lilongwe based Mbalame was third, they also got something.
Nkhotakota Secondary School came up victors in the secondary category, and got teaching and learning material worth K150 000. Enyezini CDSS of Mzimba got position two while and Ngowe CDSS of Lilongwe came third.
During the event, Inkosana Mbondolo Nkhambule of Mzimba was recognized for championing girl education in his area through ending early marriages.
NFYD also supported 20 needy learners with school uniforms.
“We understand these learners are subjected to a number of challenges and we hope the uniforms will reduce their burden and maintian uniformity at the school thereby minimizing chances of being discriminated from,” said Silungwe.
The competition centered on English Grammar, Mathematics, Life Skills and general academic areas, which also created room for authorities to identify academic gaps and its solutions.
“We see learners are employing principles of reading culture, they are able to make right arguments, respond confidently and express their views with a rational mind, that’s what government wants,” said Elisha Nyirenda one of the educational officials in Mzimba.
Meanwhile NFYD has reaffirmed its support in the education circles of learners in rural communities mainly in areas of supporting needy learners and conducting motivational campaigns all targeting reducing school dropout rate and increasing pass rate.