Thandiwe says parents should care about learning environment

FirstLadies31First Lady Thandiwe Banda has called on parents in the country to be concerned with their children’s learning environment.

Mrs Banda says the parents’ obligation to their children should not just end at paying school fees but should also include the children’s learning environment.

Mrs Banda said this in a speech read for her by the wife of Labour and Social Security Deputy Minister Esther Kachimba.

This was during a fundraising walk organized by the Lusaka based Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of St Monica High School of Eastern Province.

The walk was meant ro raise K30 million required for the renovation of parts of the school.

She commended the parents for the idea saying this would supplement government efforts to provide quality education to pupils at St Monica High School.

The First Lady said the initiative made by the association was the sort of partnership that should be seen in all schools around the country.

She said it was encouraging to see parents striving to ensure that their children learn in a conducive environment.

Mrs Banda said she was optimistic that with the determination that the St Monica PTA had shown, alot more positive development will be achieved.

She said the money the PTA has spent on various projects is not money washed down the drain but is a massive investment that would stand the test of time.

The First Lady said the PTA has sown a seed that would keep sprouting for the benefit of the future.

She noted that it was important for parents to realise that what they sow today is what will determine the future.

She said investing in children’s education should not be left to Government alone but should concern all the people in the country.

Mrs Banda has since appealed to the corporate world to consider investing in school infrastructure as part of their social responsibility to the communities in the country.

She said history has shown that it is countries that invest massively in the education sector that have progressed.

And speaking earlier, St Monica’s Lusaka based PTA Chairperson David Gwenani said the school has a lot of needs which the association want to fulfill.

Mr. Gwernani said the main objective of the association was to carry out developmental projects and assist the school in meeting some of its challenges.

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