NGO Hands Over Primary School in Mangochi

Part of school class blocks Part of school class blocks - pic by Raphael Mlozoa

Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) on Saturday handed over to government a full primary school which it has constructed at Malombe education zone in Mangochi district.

Speaking after the ceremony, YODEP Executive Director, Mc Blessings Buda, said Namavi primary school which they have constructed with a K290 million funding from Malawi Community Hubs, fulfills one of their mandates which is to make sure that all children have access to education.

"We conducted a need assessment in 2019, a primary school was one of the things the community mentioned and we started implementing it in 2020," said Buda.

According to Buda, apart from Malawi Community Hubs, African parks also assisted then with other things including desks.

Director for education in the district, Rabson Kawalala, said any classroom block constructed in the district is a plus to the sector in the district as it reduces pupil classroom ratio, currently at around 1 -150.

Kawalala said currently government through the ministry of education is constructing 60 classrooms in 10 schools in the district and the project is targeting over 250 primary schools, but still partners contribution will help ease the ever-growing demand.

The district education director also thanked YODEP for the facility's standard, saying having been connected to solar electricity, it will be easy for students to learn science subjects.

Senior Chief Chowe, thanked for the school, saying despite being well furnished, solar powered and having teachers houses, children will now start school early as distance to other schools were forcing them to start standard one when they are over 8 years.

Chowe, encourage people from the area to make sure they take care of the facility, conduct maintenance without waiting for authorities and make sure children are attending classes.

"Let me tell you, it's not easy to led people who didn't go to school. Let's use this facility to change our area," Said Sultan Chowe.

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