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The Hunger Project Malawi (THP-Malawi), one of MCA-M’s grantees under the Environmental and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) Project has made enormous strides in the fight against adult illiteracy in Neno District.

THP-Malawi’s success stories were revealed on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Kam’mwamba Trading Center in Neno District during the celebrations of the 2017 National Literacy Day.

The International Literacy Day is commemorated world-wide on September 8 each year but locally, the celebrations were shifted to a later date due to other circumstances.

This date was designated by the UNESCO World Conference of Ministers of Education on the eradication of illiteracy at the International Literacy Day in 1965.

THP-Malawi is implementing an MCA-Malawi funded project called ‘Tikukuke ndi Chilengedwe ndi Magetsi’ in Traditional Symon in Neno district.

The project is specifically being implemented in Lisungwi-Mwetang’ombe catchment area in 45 Villages with 5750 farming families.

This project has a component of Functional Adult Literacy Program (FALP).

The whole idea is to increase community knowledge and action for sustainable natural resources and environmental management, and also increase income levels for rural poor households to reduce natural resources exploitation.

This is expected to increase efficiency of Malawi’s hydro-power generation in the medium to long-term.

Under the project, THP-Malawi has established 45 REFLECT Circles with 1652 membership (923Women 729 men).

Out of 1652 people, 1033 people (602 women 431 men) are participating in afforestation programs and conservation of the environment representing 62.5 percent adoption.

During the function, THP-Malawi emerged one of the best key stakeholders in Functional Adult Literacy Programming in Neno district, having registered 72 percent pass rate.

Out of 198 students who sat for the adult literacy exams under the project, 146 students passed, hence 73 percent.

“I used to bother my children to read mobile phone messages on my behalf. In short, I did not know how to read and write throughout my life up until this year when THP-Malawi officials came in our village with a series of trainings,” said the seemingly delighted Catherine Kantukule from Moffat Village, Traditional Authority Symon in the district.

The old lady is one of the THP-Malawi’s fresh FALP graduates who received certificates.

Kantukule said now that she is literate, she vividly understands the link between the need to conserve forest cover and power generation.

Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Cecilia Chazama, presided over the function and presented the certificates to all graduates.

Chazama, who visited a pavilion jointly mounted by MCA-Malawi and THP-Malawi, hailed the partnership of the two institutions in fighting against illiteracy levels in Malawi.

“You are doing a good job and on behalf of government, I would like to encourage you to scale up your efforts in literacy teaching,” explained Chazama at the pavilion.

According to the Minister, 4.6 million Malawians do not know how to read and write today, representing 36 percent of the population (National Statistical Office 2008).

The theme for this year was “literacy in a digital world.”

The commemoration event was spiced up by traditional dances, poems, songs and displays by different stakeholders highlighting the theme.


Dances such as this one spiced up the whole event


here is a sample of a certificate that graduates received under the THP Malawi program


Hon. Minister Chazama presents a certificate to a THP Malawi adult literacy graduate Catherine Kantukule of Moffat Reflect Cycle in Traditional Authority Symon in Neno District


Minister Chazama is seen interacting with one of the graduates at MCA Malawi andTHP joint pavilion