Press Trust bails out a rural school in Chitipa

Press Trust has said it is committed to complementing government efforts in fighting challenges rocking the education sector which frustrate  initiatives  to promote education standards in schools.

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The remarks were made Tuesday by Press Trust Trustee, Nancy Tembo when she presided over handover  ceremony of  K48.2 million School Block project  at Chimwemwe  Primary School in Chitipa District.

She said her organization decided to construct two magnificent school blocks, equipped with modern furniture, as a move to help in alleviating problem of shortage of infrastructure in primary schools.

The Trustee said her organization is touched to see children learning under trees where they are exposed to harsh weather, coupled with disturbances, which she said compromise education standards.

“Press Trust appreciates the many challenges facing primary schools, one of which is inadequate and poor infrastructures, which propelled us to contract the two school blocks at this school,” said Tembo.

She expressed the hope that the construction of the two school blocks and procurement of desks will create conducive learning environment at the school, which she said has great potential to improve academic results.

Tembo emphasized that education is serious catalyst for development.

She said,” It is only literate citizens who can  significantly contribute towards nation development.”

The Trustee then urged the leadership and members of the communities around the school to take good care of the facilities to maximize the benefit.

And receiving the structures on behalf of the ministry of education, District Education Manager (DEM) for Chitipa District, Funwel Chiwowa thanked Press Trust for constructing the two school blocks which he said will go a long way to alleviate infrastructure problem at the school.

He said the help has come at the right time when government, with meager resources, is struggling to meet all the needs in primary schools, such as   permanent school blocks, teacher’s houses and furniture.

Chiwowa described good infrastructure and furniture in schools as key l in improving education standards.

“The construction of the school blocks is a big milestone in efforts to promoting education quality in primary schools in Chitipa District,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of  beneficiary  community members, Chief Mwaulambia assured the donor that the two facilities will be properly  managed so that they last long.

The Chief then pleaded with Press Trust to consider drilling a borehole at the school, where hygiene and sanitation standards are seriously compromised since the premise does not have a water source.

“We will appreciate if you can help us with a borehole at this school. The school does not have a single water source, a situation that creates total discomfort to pupils especially girls who may opt to drop out of school,” Mwaulambia said.

A step taken by Press Trust to support a school with quality infrastructures and furniture resonates well with United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal No. 4,  which appeals for inclusive education and lifelong learning.

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