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NGO Hands Over School To Government

Minister of Education Madalitso Kambauwa Wirima, has urged stakeholders to supplement government efforts of ensuring increased access to education through provision of infrastructure and furniture.

She made the remarks in Dowa on Thursday, during her keynote address when she officially opened Chunzu Primary School which has 8 new classroom blocks, toilets and administration offices courtesy of Great Mind Bright Futures organization.

Wirima said the donation comes at a right time as government is relentlessly aiming to reduce the soaring pupil to classroom ratio in the country through construction of new classrooms.

“Government cannot single handedly afford to construct new primary schools where they are needed; therefore, may I appeal to other partners to emulate the gesture by Great Minds Bright Futures.

“The new school does not have teachers’ houses and adequate desks; therefore I call upon other partners and well-wishers to supplement in the provision of infrastructure and school furniture and other supplies,” she said.

Wirima further highlighted the commitment by the Tonse government to achieve Malawi Agenda 2063 through the Malawi Implementation Plan (MIP–1) which among other things, emphasizes on ensuring school children access compulsory basic education in conducive environment.

“Malawi may not be able to achieve economic development and prosperity if children are denied access to quality education due to inadequate infrastructure,” she added.

In his remarks, Founder of Great Minds Bright Futures Davie Armstrong expressed his contentment that the school is finally being handed over to government having visited the place in 2017 and saw the need for infrastructure development.

“This donation complements efforts of government in rendering the best education for children in Malawi, I am glad that finally the community will take over and put it to use,” he said.

Armstrong, who has stayed in Malawi for 17 years, said he has also built an orphanage next to the school and he is currently engaging other partners for possible rural business opportunities for the children in the future.

Dowa South East Legislator Halima Daudi who is also the Deputy Minister of Health urged her constituents to take care of the infrastructure citing lasting impacts for the future generations.

“As the Member of Parliament for the area, I am really happy because old classes are not in good shape making children vulnerable to heavy rain downpour and accidents,” she said
Chunzu Primary School school has an enrolment of 1,643 learners (803 girls and 840 boys) and 17 teachers (14 males and 3 females).

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