Airtel Malawi on Friday handed over two school blocks to Salima Primary School for the blind.
The school is one of the adopted learning institutions by the company in the country.
Airtel Malawi Human Resource Director Bridget Jumbe said their aim is to partner with government in uplifting the standards of education in the country.
“At Airtel Malawi we believe that the private sector has the obligation to help government provide quality education to the children. In previous years, our approach as a company was one off donations to various schools. However, our approach to education CSR changed in that we now have the adopt a school policy in whole continent as a company policy hence our choice for Salima school since last year.
“Airtel believes that education is key to development. Education helps ordinary young men become extraordinary citizens of their country. This is why in collaboration with the Ministry of Education we are thriving assist in a small way to give our students the freedom to discover their potential and capability through learning,” she said
Among other things, the company presented a second classroom block, 120 desks and chairs for the two classes, 10 second hand computers, Airtel broadband connection (Office in a Box), 21 bath towels for the Resource Centre Hostel, school uniforms for some blind pupils and Best Performance Awards to students and teachers.
Jumbe said the total cost of all the donations is around K10 million.
In his remarks T/A Maganga called upon companies to emulate Airtel Malawi’s example in uplifting the education sector in the rural sector.
“A lot of companies spent their resources in the urban areas forgetting that pupils from the rural areas are the one that are in dire need of various support to further their education, it is only when these companies change their mindset that the playing field can be leveled for all the children in the country,” he said.