Pursuant that, ECAM conducted a schools needs assessment in 25 public schools as one way of identifying the challenges faced by the selected needy school. The association intends to market the assessed schools to the private sector for possible investment in improving the learning environment.
Speaking during the site visits, ECAM Programs Officer Emmanuel Magomero said needs assessment survey will help the association to gather valid information and market the identified schools to the private sector for possible adoption.
Magomero said the report of the school needs assessment will be presented to different stakeholders to seek support for the schools.
“ECAM continue to appreciate the crucial role that its members play in an effort to help children in the country by providing school feeding programs, learning and teaching materials, providing sponsorship to students, encouraging child labourers to go back to school among others,’ said Magomero.
ECAM assessed 25 public schools both primary and community secondary schools. The schools are as follows:Thyolo district schools; Chingazi Primary school, Glengarry F.P school, and Nkhwangwa:
Mulanje district schools;Chisambe F.P school, Lichenya primary school and Njedza F.P school:Dowa district schools;Chandawe F.P school, Chilinde F.P. school, Gudyu F.P school, Kawangwi CDSS and Tchale CDSS:Lilongwedistrict schools;Gowo primary school, Kalimabwera L.E.A school , Kawale F.P school, Mbununu F.P school and Mwanzeze F.P school and Ntcheu districts schools;Kampanje F.P school, Livurezi CDSS, Mphepozinai Primary school, Ntcheu CDSS, Gumbu LEA school.
Assessment of key findings included deficiencies in infrastructures such as teachers houses, school blocks, administration block among others andlack of portable water within the school premises.
The assessment team noted the worst scenarios at Nkwangwa F.P School located in Nkhwangwa Village, T /ANsabwe in Thyolo district which was blown off by wind in 2015. UNICEF donated some tents to be used as class rooms but the tents are not enough as the whole school blocks were affected by the accident.
The assessed schools were identified by District Education Managers-DEM for respective districts. Present during the assessment exercise were officials from the DEMs office.
The assessment team conducted Focus Group Discussions with School Committee Members-SMCs, Parents and Teachers Association-PTAs and Head Teachers.