Barely a week after an K11 million recreation hall to Kalonga primary school in Lilongwe, Alliance One Malawi tobacco company has also spent over K8 million to renovate Kambokambo full primary school based in Nambuma, Dowa which was in a complete dilapidated state.
Speaking during handover ceremony held at the school’s campus, Alliance One Malawi Agronomy services administrator Hetherwick Nkhuzenje said his company decided to renovate the Dowa based school as one way of fulfilling it corporate social responsibility program in the country.
Nkhuzenje further explained that the school is also based in the area where majority of people grow tobacco which the company buys annually at the Auction floors.
“As a company we thought it wise to renovate all the school blocks of this school as part of our corporate social responsibility program here in Malawi and ensure that pupils are learning in a conducive environment,” said Nkhuzenje.
According to Nkhuzenje his company has been complimenting government’s efforts in improving the living standards of Malawians particularly in the sectors of education, water & sanitation, environment and social-welfare.
He, however, urged parents in the area to avoid using children in tobacco fields as a source of labor but instead they should be sending them to school so that they can become prominent citizens for this country in future, saying this is what Alliance One advocates in every country it is operating.
In his remarks Primary education advisor for the area Henderson Kamuyatso commended Alliance One Malawi for renovating the school which was first built in 1974.
According to Kamuyatso the renovations that have been done to the school has helped to increase the school’s enrollment from 1,200 last term to over 1,400 during this term.
Apart from renovating the school the company has bought desks and it is currently constructing the head-teacher’s office and a library room.