Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM), a local Non-Governmental Organization which is based in Zomba has enabled Mulomba Community Day Secondary School in Mulanje district build a school block of two
classes through its Improving Education Qualities in Community Day Secondary Schools (IEQ-CDSS)
The construction of the school block at the school follows the training offered to the School Committee
members, Traditional leaders, Religious leaders, Mother Group and other local structures on how they
can champion their community’s development projects such as education. This worthwhile training was offered
by CRECCOM under IEQ-CDSS.
The training offered by CRECCOM touched on such areas as the development of school board of governance
and management, how to develop project proposals, championing development projects, and the usage of
few available resources to improve quality of education, just to mention a few. Despite receiving the training,
the School Improvement Plan for the school also received a fund of MK700, 000 to utilize on improving
infrastructures at the school. So with the grant and the skills on proposal writing, the School Improvement
Plan Committee managed to construct the school block.
In an interview with the Head teacher, Eric Cassim, he expressed his gratification on how the school has
benefited from IEQ-CDSS project.
“There were no proper classroom blocks before at the school. But thanks to the establishment of the school
governance board to oversee development projects; we have managed to construct a school block,” said Cassim
Concurring with Cassim, the Chairperson for the school committee and board of governance, Rabson
Chimwaza said that CRECCOM has assisted the school to come up with school committee that has improved
quality of education.
“We used to not have school committee here at Mulomba CDSS but through the trainings we received
from CRECCOM’s IEQ-CDSS project, there has been a great change. We received trainings on quality
education that enabled us to know and understand how to implement development projects,” said Chimwaza.
With the grant it received from CRECCOM under IEQ-CDSS project, Mulomba CDSS managed to also construct toilets at the school which was one of the huge problems at the school. School laboratory and library was also part of the development which the school managed to construct through its School Improvement Plan Committee bearing in mind that students require such structures to study and use for class lessons.
Despite the construction of the school brock and the toilets, through IEQ-CDSS project, CRECCOM ensured that female students who dropped out from school are back to school. Cultural practices, peer pressure and even poverty were some of the causes of the early marriages among the female students.
With the formation of mother group at the school, female students who dropped out of school were motivated on the importance of school and provided with financial support in terms of school fees.
Through youth forums that were also formed under IEQ-CDSS project at the school, different youths from around Mulomba CDSS joined the forum. They were trained on how they can involve themselves in entrepreneurship skills and others. One of the students from Mulomba school who benefitted from the youth forum is McDonald Njolo by starting small scale business. IEQ-CDSS is a project which CRECCOM is funded by MasterCard Foundation of Canada, and Echidna Giving of the USA. The project targets 36 CDSS across the four districts of Mulanje, Thyolo, Ntchisi and Chitipa of which Mulomba is among the impact CDSSs.