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Picture of Father Chinula (far right) with participants and facilitators after the
St Michael’s Parish Takes Moral Lessons to Kameme CDSS YCS

By Lonely Paul Mwandira (Methodology Advisor)

With the funding from Coppel’s Family, through Karonga Diocese, St Michael’s Parish engaged Kameme Community Day Secondary School in a move to shape the future of young girls and boys.

The lessons intensively engaged learners in moral conduct of Catholic students, behaviour change process, personal hygiene and sacramental life in Roman Catholic.

Picture of Father Chinula delivering a lesson
Father Chinula delivering a lesson

Speaking during the occasion, Father Chinula, the Parish Priest of St Michael’s, stressed on the notion of morality which leads to positive change (metanoia).

“Acceptance, openness to change and courage are the only catalysts to permanent change” said Father Chinula. He further shared with the students that they are living in a world full of temptation and they will not build a better Malawi if they continue embracing worldly things.

The Parish Priest urged the students to put their Christian life and education as priorities in life. He encouraged them to read and abide by the word of God.

Picture of Father Chinula (far right) with participants and facilitators after the
Father Chinula (far right) with participants and facilitators after the lessons

Chipalamoto Nyirenda, Chitipa Field Officer of Lusubilo Orphan Care engaged the students on behavior change process. He mentored the learners to have a clear vision of their future and have role models for them to accomplish their educational goals.

“Personal hygiene forms part of Christian life. You need to keep your bodies as healthy as possible. Good personal hygiene coupled with godly life is recipe for good life and achievement of goals.” said Mrs Chilenga from Chitipa District Hospital.

Concurring with Mrs Chilenga, Paul Mwandira challenged the learners to be focused in life and not to be carried away with things that could disturb their future through total abstinence. He urged them to respect their bodies and keep themselves pure. This comes against the background that Kameme CDSS girls far prey to Tanzania men who entice them with prospects of happy marriages across the border, only to be used and refused.

The YCS patron Mr Kalagho thanked St Michael’s Parish for organizing the lessons.

Picture of Ignatius Mvula stressing a point during the training session
Education Desk Promoting English Speaking among Sunday School Children

By Lonely Paul Mwandira (Methodology Advisor)

Sunday school children in St. Michael’s Parish now have an opportunity to improve their English speaking skills, thanks to the new project called “Promotion of English Speaking Skills among Sunday School Children”.

Picture of Ignatius Mvula stressing a point during the training session
One of the facilitators, Ignatius Mvula stressing a point during the training session

The project, which seeks to improve English proficiency among early grade learners, is exposing Sunday school children to activities performed in English. The project has introduced English Speaking Clubs in selected primary schools where children interact in English through reading and speaking after normal school hours. In these clubs, they also recite poems, conduct debates on child centered topics, panel discussions on catechism, spelling bees, storytelling and others.

The project has also organized competitions in poetry and Bible verse recitals in English. Children will compete in clubs and during other Sunday school activities like quiz competition.

In view of the tasks involved, the Education Desk of the Diocese of Karonga oriented teachers and Sunday school instructors on English teaching and learning skills and English catechism mastery late last year at Mubanga, in Chitipa District.

Speaking during the official induction ceremony, Mr. Remmie Kamanga, the Education Desk Officer, said the project gives an opportunity for children to read and speak English which would result into mastery of the language.

“If our young boys and girls do master the English language they will easily understand academic work in class, hence, excel in education” voiced Kamanga.

In order to reach out to more children, Tuntufye FM Radio will be producing and broadcasting children’s stories in English through radio drama.

Speaking at the outset of the orientation exercise, Parish Priest for St Michael’s Parish, Father Charles Chinula, thanked the Education Desk Officer for considering his parish in the pilot phase.

The induction targeted teachers of Mubanga Primary School, where the English club has been introduced, and Sunday school instructors of Mubanga Prayer Centre where English Catechism lessons have been introduced. The project is being sponsored by the Coppel’s Family.