First Lady underscored the importance when she graced a graduation ceremony of Community Social Workers Course at Chilema Ecumenical Training and Conference Centre in Zomba. Professor Mutharika advised the graduates to be drivers of change in their respective communities.
“Whatever you have gained, make good use of it. Contribute positively to the growth of the country,” said Professor Mutharika hailing the graduates for their total dedication throughout their studies.
For his part, Rt. Rev. Brighton Vita Malasa, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire and Chilema Trustees Chairperson thanked the First Lady for sparing her time to grace the graduation ceremony. He said Chilema Training School has always played a critical role on the development of the country as some of its graduates are in different sectors of the economy.
Bishop Malasa: Malawi needs educated people
“Education is the key to end poverty, some of the problems we face as a country are because our people are not educated enough,” he said.
Bishop Malasa added that three pillars of development which Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is advocating are very crucial on the growth of the economy. He said citizens need to be of high integrity, patriotic and hard working in order to make strides for a better Malawi.
In his remarks, Executive Director of Chilema Rev. Cliff Nyekanyeka said so far the institution is facing a lot of challenges ranging from infrastructure among others.
At the ceremony, 54 women and 4 men went out with certificates after completing a six month training in various fields.
Cross section of the graduates
The school offers courses in community development, management behavior, tailoring and fashion designing, clothing and textile, business management, food and nutrition, home and house management and health and sanitation.
The First Lady gave MK50, 000 to each of the five students who came out with credits and MK100, 000 to one graduate who came out with a distinction.
Chilema Ecumenical Training and Conference Centre in Zomba opened its doors in 1963 and it is operated by the Anglican Church and Blantyre Synod of the CCAP.