Leading phone network provider Airtel Malawi on Friday handed over K17 million worth 60-seater block of two classrooms school project which the company has constructed at Salima LEA Primary School.
Airtel adopted the institution five year ago as one way of implementing corporate social responsibility programs.
Speaking during the handover ceremony on Saturday, Airtel’s communications and corporate social responsibility manager Norah Chavula said they spent K17 million on the new block. She has pledged that the company will build more blocks.
“We want to create a conducive learning environment at this school so we are hoping to construct four or more blocks. Apart from the blocks we also supply desks in each block we construct,” she said.
Chavula said the company will continue helping the school till the problems are over.
“Of course we cannot solve all the challenges at once but we will try our best to do so,” said Chavula.
She saidAirtel has since spent around K200 million through infrastructure development and meeting the school’s other expenses such as monthly water and electricity bills.
Salima district education manager Christopher Kumikundi said the block would help address shortages of classrooms.
“Some of the pupils were learning under trees because we could not accommodate all of them in the classrooms because they are few. We just hope that Airtel will help with new blocks because we still have a shortfall,” he said
Kumikundi commended Airtel for the school project.