By Francisco Mwanza
MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-Africa-Australia inspire Lead Educate Advocate for Change Inc.(Afri Aus ileac inc.) Media Team in corabolation with Pace Organization on Friday April 9, 2021 joined hands in disseminating information about Covid-19 in Mzuzu.
Pace organisation director, Gibson Chisale asked Malawi goverment to revamp the education system in the country which seems to have collapsed due to the pandemic.
“We were are concerned with the drop in the passing rate of form students this year, we therefore ask the goverment to come up with measures which can easily enable children to access education during this times of covid-19, among the measures.
“We suggest that the goverment should introduce an e-learning system in all schools,build more school blocks and train more teachers in the country. Additionally to this, the government should consider reducing the passing percentage considering that schools are on and off nowadays due to pandemic,” Chisale says.
Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) lecturer Gibson Kamanga who accompanied the Afri Aus inc and media team faulted government’s way of disseminating information about Covid-19 claiming that it is making people to have more trust on unreliable sources on social media which is misleading them.
Kamanga said, “Many Malawians are reluctant to get Covid-19 vaccine due to fear of what is being said on social media and other platforms about the vaccine, which is clear indication that the goverment has not done enough on awareness about the vaccine.”
Kamanga however edged people to only trust information from a trusted sources and asked government to come up with stiff punishment to people who are spreading false information about the pandemic.
Out of 30 youths who attended the function only 11 confirmed having got the vaccine while the rest are still reluctant, or not decided yet to get the jab or not, amongst the reasons being due to what is being rumored about the effects of the vaccine.
A 19 year old Dumisani Banda,said he is still observing with keen interest what will happen to people who have been vaccinated and if it remains normal he will get jabbed because he is not sure of the messages he is getting from various platforms.
During the meeting the Afri Aus ileac inc. media team donated some PPEs including face masks,buckets,sanitizers among others to the attendees.
Afri Aus iLeac inc.which consist of Malawians based in Australia have been involved in various activities in support of the fight against Covid -19.