Germany appreciates development cooperation programmes in the Northern Region of Malawi

Tilora Primary School profits from the school meals programme Enlarge image Tilora Primary School profits from the school meals programme (© Thomas Staiger/German Embassy)

During his visit to the Northern province of Malawi Deputy Ambassador Thomas Staiger emphasized the continued support by the German government, especially to improve health and primary education in the region as well as to create more income and jobs and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity. The visit included discussions with lecturers and student teachers at the Teacher Training College and Demonstration School around teacher training and how to improve quality of basic education as well as an inspection of the construction site of the stadium in Karonga.

At Tilora Primary School,  districts officials, traditional leaders and representatives from the school and the surrounding communities expressed their appreciation for the inclusion of the school in the school meals programme that is supported by Germany and the European Union (Nutrition and Access to Primary Education, NAPE / Afikepo). The community demonstrated their commitment to the home grown school meals approach that emphasizes ownership and the involvement and participation of communities in ensuring a healthy diet for the primary learners with local ingredients.

During an official ceremony with the Minister of National Resources, Energy and Mining of Malawi, Hon. Aggrey Massi, and the Minister of Tourism and Arts of Zambia, Hon. Charles Banda, at the Nyika Plateau to welcome 34 additional elephants to the Zambia-Malawi Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) Thomas Staiger underlined the importance of community based approaches and public private partnerships to improve the livelihoods of the local population and at the same time contribute to conservation of natural resources and wildlife. Germany is the major development partner of the Malawi-Zambia TFCA which includes Nyika National Park and Vwaza Marsh on the Malawi side.