Standard Bank hands over K33m school built in honour of ex-chair

Standard Bank, one of the commercial banks in Malawi, has constructed a primary worth over K33 million in southern district of Chiradzulu in honour of its former Board Chair Alex Chitisime.

Chitsime (right) cuting a ribbon with Mashanda(Left) as Harawa (Middle) and Magreta (far right)looks on

Chitsime (right) cuting a ribbon with Mashanda(Left) as Harawa (Middle) and Magreta (far right)looks on

One of the blocks

One of the blocks

Chitsime who hails from Che Januare village in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Onga in Chiradzulu where the school has been constructed, retired  as Standard Bank Chairman of the Board in 2014 and was replaced by another eminent business executive Dr Rex Harawa.

Speaking during the hand over of the project, Chitsime said the investment by Standard Bank demonstrate the Bank’s commitment to the development of education in the country.

“On April 8 this year, I stood here again when we witnessed the ground breaking ceremony and few months down the line the project is completed. I’m grateful and delighted that Standard Bank has fulfilled its promised with this project of magnitude and it has really honored me and the entire community,” said Chitsime.

Chitsime said the junior primary school which has been named Mkuyu represents a treasure for the people of Che Januare as it will help to shape future leaders of the country.

He said before the construction of the new school children had to walk a distance of 8 kilometers to access the education

“This is no ordinary gift and I am very humbled to be given such project which is not only for the people in this area but also for the whole country,” he said.

The Bank’s current Chairman Dr Rex Harawa hailed Chitsime for the contribution towards the growth of Standard Bank.

“Mr. Chitsime contributed significantly to the growth of Standard Bank during his tenure of office and the only thank you we could have given him is this project “said Harawa

Dr Harawa said Standard Bank will continue to lead in responding to the needs of the people among which is provision of access to education in the country.

In her remarks Secretary for Education Science and Technology Lonely Magreta hailed Standard Bank for the contribution towards the access to education.

“As government we are grateful to Standard Bank for the gift of this classroom blocks. I have been informed that there is no any other school in the district whose infrastructure can match the standard that we are receiving today,” Magreta said.

Magreta said the donation will contribute towards the reduction of shortage of classrooms in the government schools.

“The problem of inadequate infrastructure exists in many schools in the country and currently close to 38,000 classrooms are needed if we were to accommodate all learners inside the classroom,” she said.

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Emmanuel M phiri

thats good what you have done is a very recomendable development to every sensible Malawian. l also ask other banking institutions & other organisations to take your example. But l also ask you & other organisations to do such charity work even in remotest areas like kaulambwe school in Nkhatabay where they luck opportunity of having such infrustures to boost education’though there are no famous people to built them in their memory.


Wawoooo! Moving forward, really!

Concerned Citizen

Alex Chitsime deserves the respect.

He has proved to be a major catalyst of progress. Such country men should show us how it is done.


This is a very good development. Keep it up Standard Bank. This is real corporate social responsibility. To the beneficiaries: Let’s take care of the infrastructure. It’s ours as Malawians, regardless of the physical location it’s on.

Nkhafwire Gondwe

Why is the southern region, having all the best projects? Its time for federalism. Mukutidyera masuku pamutu. Thus why pa chitumbuka timati, wakupusya ni chakurya cha wakuchenjera

Good samaritan

I salute you Standard Bank for the school structures your have donated to Che januare Chiradzulu. I would also take an opportunity to consider putting other school structures in different areas not to your ex-board members’ villages only. Reach to as far as Chamama Primary School at Kasungu some 58 Kilometers east.


One guy missing in the story… MP for the area….we haos the guy did nothing turn up out of envy and fear for his position. Eeish, he is completely out if tune on this one for sure..

Teach me Teacher

What really constutes a school? Tell us more about what standard bank paid for. I am looking at cost. Why do the other wishy washy constructions cost so much?


Zikukhala ngati chilungamo chinalipo nchifukwa chake ntchitoyi yatha nthawi yofulumira. Koma pa ntchito yomangamanga pakachuluka osolola, zinthu zimatenga nthawi yayitali kuti zithe kapenanso kusatha kumene. Titengelepo phunziro apa!


atakhalapo ma company atatu anayi ochita motere malawi angatukuke bwanji, osati chiri chonse boma apa ndiye ana athu aphunzira mofewa ai conglats, my advice ku LDF taonani xool amanga a standard bank ndi zinja mumapereka ndalama zambiri mbiri kuti a xool committee azimanga okha ma block quality yake sikugwirixana mpang’ono pomwe, ndalama zingothera mmatumba aanthu, a food for thought ndangodusa

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