Mangochi teachers trained in disaster risk management – Malawi 24

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Primary school teachers in Mangochi have been trained in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) so that they can impart DRM knowledge to learners in their respective schools through School Environmental and DRM Clubs.

The training was provided under the USAID-funded Titukulane Project which is implemented by Emmanuel International in Mangochi and Save the Children in Zomba with Care Malawi as a grant recipient under the activity Food Security for Resilience (RFSA).

The project also aims to increase institutional and local capacities to reduce risks and increase the resilience of poor households within the framework of the national resilience strategy.

The RFSA pays particular attention to women and young people, according to Burnnet Khulumbo, Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction Manager at Care Malawi.

To this effect, Mangochi District Youth Officer, Kumbukani Manda commended the Titukulane Project and its implementers for engaging the school youth on DRM issues.

He said out-of-school youths in the district are already involved in DRM activities as most youth clubs raise and plant seedlings in their localities.

He therefore expressed the hope that school and out-of-school youth will form a generation that will know DRM very well and will be instrumental in disaster preparedness and response and can play an active role in mitigating the effects of disasters. .

Under the Titukulane project, Emmanuel International has already distributed wheelbarrows, watering cans, shovels, rakes and polythene tubes to 25 schools in Mangochi for growing seedlings, while Save the Children has also provided the same. to 20 schools in Zomba.

Mangochi District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Francis Kadzokoya said the engagement of learners through environment clubs and the DRM will complement district, regional and district civil protection committees. village on DRM issues and other environmental activities.

Mangochi District Council Director of Education, Rabson Kawalala, observed that most schools are not surrounded by trees as windbreaks, so school structures are vulnerable to destruction by high winds. and other land degradation scenarios.

He also praised the Titukulane project for building the capacity of teachers in DRM and expressed hope that the trained club bosses and matrons will impart the appropriate knowledge to the learners.

Most schools in Mangochi and Zomba have already prepared nurseries for seedlings.

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