• To be held on 13th and 14th July, 2017 at Kaliyeka Model Primary School in Lilongwe;
• Competition is going national for the first time;
• Gets MK3m boost from Airtel Malawi.
Tuesday 11th July, 2017: The annual Braille Cup competition for Primary Schools, will be held on the 13th and 14th of July this year at Kaliyeka Model Primary School in Area 23, Lilongwe.
Speaking at a cheque handover event from Airtel Malawi, who donated MK3 million towards the competition on Tuesday morning, the Deputy Director of Special Needs Education from the Ministry of Education, Mr. David Mjaidi, expressed his joy.
He said that apart from celebrating it’s fourth year, the competition will be held nationally.
“This time we preceded with a cluster-based competition; last month in June, which involved 16 primary schools competing to qualify for the national competition, and out of these 16 schools, 12 have now proceeded to the National competition.” Mr. Mjaidi explained.
Presenting the dummy cheque on behalf of Airtel, Isabel Kachinjika, said the company was proud to support the visually impaired students, who participate in the competition every year.
“Our adopted school Salima Primary, is an integrated school that has a resource centre for visually impaired students, which we continuously support with braille paper, styluses and cubes, among other stationery items.
She said when the Ministry approached Airtel for support with the competition 3 years ago, Kachinjika said it gave the company the opportunity to support more students from other learning institutions.
Last year’s winners of the Braille Cup was Nsiyaludzu Primary School, who won cash prizes and other items like braille paper, universal braille kits, radios, and gift packs.
Airtel has sponsored the annual Braille Cup competition for the past 3 consecutive years.
The Braille Cup is a national academic competition for students with visual impairment in Malawi; it started in 2014; under the USAID’S Early Grade Reading Activity (EGRA). It is part of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s National Reading Program (NRP)’s approach to improve reading instructions among all learners, including those with disabilities.
In addition to this, the Braille Cup competition aims to foster a model of academic achievement, good sportsmanship, community involvement, and social inclusion.
Airtel Malawi’s total contribution is K12.5 million from 2015 to 2017.